ELECTION BITS – Milobar drops off key committee, Aaron Sam to take on Lali

Votelog… Mayor Peter Milobar has taken himself off the Industrial Tax Base Task Force that, among other things, has been negotiating a community compensation agreement with KGHM Ahax. Milobar said he made the decision when setting up committee appointments for the coming year because he might not be on council after next May’s provincial election, not because of any perceived conflict of interest. Coun. Ken Christian will take Milobar’s place on the committee, joining councillors Pat Wallace and Dieter Dudy… Lower Nicola Indian Band Chief Aaron Sam will take on former highways minister Harry Lali for the NDP nomination in Fraser-Nicola. Sam is a lawyer by profession and has been active in the fight against bio-solids in the lower Nicola Valley. Jackie Tegart currently holds the riding for the Liberals… B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver blasted Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on Tuesday for declining his invitation to debate the merits of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. “I’m the premier of Alberta, so I’m going to continue to confer with my colleagues on this matter and I’ll let local politicians debate local politicians,” Notley said. Weaver said he’ll keep pushing for an open discussion on the pipeline “where the facts can speak for themselves.”

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