Terrace Standard - BC Liberal leadership candidate Michael Lee advocated for greater provincial investment in Terrace and a “different path forward” during a campaign stop in the city Aug. 3.
In an interview, Lee, the MLA for Vancouver-Langara and BC Liberal transportation critic, told the Terrace Standard that the northwest region has “tremendous potential” and the provincial government needs to reinvest in the northwest.
“There are certain areas of our province here in the northwest that have that tax base, because industry is situated right there, like in Kitimat, but I think there needs to be some rebalancing here for some of these other communities that have a significant growth as a result of this, but don’t have the necessary build for the same tax base,” he said.
“I think that’s important that we be invest in these communities like Terrace, to ensure that there is that right balance.”
For Lee, that means the government of B.C. needs to do more to work with local leaders to make sure that transportation networks, housing and other community amenities keep up with growing demand.
“Road infrastructure, for example, in municipalities, like the three hills here to the benches, I saw some of that erosion. That’s a major safety consideration and concern as to how you build out a community, it needs to be done in partnership.”
Lee said that partnerships are also important for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and those can take many different forms. Lee was one of two members of the BC Liberal caucus that that reviewed the adoption of the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples in B.C.
“We went through that process recognizing the significance of it, but I think there needs to be a greater level of clarity as the path forward,” Lee said.