VICTORIA – Fin Donnelly, Coquitlam – Burke Mountain MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for Watershed Restoration, moved a motion in B.C.’s Legislature Monday to secure watersheds in British Columbia.
“The watershed sector is a major employer in B.C., contributing billions to our province’s economy every year,” said MLA Donnelly. “When you compare the watershed sector to other sectors in B.C., it’s on par with agriculture, mining and oil and gas.”
The motion, introduced in the B.C. Legislature by MLA Donnelly on Monday, reads: Be it resolved that this House supports this government’s actions to secure B.C.’s watersheds so that safe, clean, abundant water and healthy functioning ecosystems are available to communities, nations and wildlife for generations to come.
“Healthy watersheds support local economies and resilient communities,” continued MLA Donnelly. “That’s why we need to secure B.C.’s watersheds, so safe, clean, abundant water and healthy, functioning ecosystems are available to communities, First Nations, wild salmon and other wildlife for future generations.”
MLA Donnelly lives in the Coquitlam watershed, one of 34 main watersheds that make up the Fraser Watershed, the largest in British Columbia and fifth largest in Canada.
Other NDP MLAs showed their support for this motion, including MLA Brittny Anderson and MLA Janet Routledge, who are the representatives of Nelson – Creston and Burnaby North respectively.
To watch the full motion: MLA Donnelly Private Member’s Motion