February 23, 2012
funding was brought in by the NDP not the Liberals
Submitted by David Howe, Chilliwack NDP
(MLA John Les) claimed in the Times today (Feb 23) that he and the Liberals built the
Chilliwack Courthouse. But documents show the NDP Government put up
the money in 2000.
One has to wonder why John Les would revise
history, maybe he wanted to cover up the BC Liberals action in
closing courthouses across BC.
Ministry of Attorney General
New Courthouse, Correctional Centre Approved
May 11, 2000 00-44
VICTORIA - Over $29 million has been approved for a new courthouse
in Chilliwack and a correctional centre in Kelowna, Attorney General
Andrew Petter announced today.
"This funding will deliver improved court services for the entire
Fraser Valley and correctional services throughout the Okanagan,"
The Fraser Valley regional justice committee, an advisory group of
community and ministry representatives, originally agreed to a
$5-million upgrade to the existing Chilliwack courthouse. Added
funding of $2.6 million has been approved to build a new
four-courtroom facility to be completed in spring 2001 instead of
upgrading the old courthouse.
"A new courthouse will better serve the long-term needs of our
growing community as well as those of the entire Fraser Valley and
will also help revitalize our downtown," said Chilliwack Mayor Clint
Treasury Board funding will be released once the ministry submits
the exact location for the new courthouse and an updated cost
analysis comparing government and private ownership.
The site for the Okanagan correctional centre in Kelowna has already
been bought and rezoned. The project is now approved for
construction subject to the ministry confirming budget targets can
be met. The total project cost for the 150-bedroom, medium-security
facility is estimated at $21.9 million. It is expected to be ready
for use in spring 2003.
The ministry's capital plan for the four-year period beginning April
1999 also includes building a pretrial centre in Port Coquitlam and
$1.2 million in renovations to the Abbotsford courthouse.
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