Thursday February 23, 2012

Local Politics

Les Mistaken 

Chilliwack Courthouse funding was brought in by the NDP not the Liberals

Submitted by David Howe, Chilliwack NDP

e (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.

Read on,

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," said Petter.

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 Hames.

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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