Thursday, February 4, 2016

Mayor Brain in Ottawa for meetings with Federal officials

Mayor Lee Brain is in Ottawa this
week for discussions with
Federal Officials

(photo from Mayor Brain's twitter feed)
Social issues and infrastructure concerns are among some of the topics to be reviewed as Mayor Lee Brain makes his way around the offices in Ottawa this week, with the Mayor making note of his trip to the national capital on his Facebook page on Wednesday evening.

According to the Mayor's update,  during his time in Ottawa he has met with Transportation Minister Marc Garneau, as well as officials with the Ministries of Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Communities, Environment and Climate Change, as well as International Trade and Foreign Affairs.

He also notes that there is a large contingent from British Columbia in Ottawa for the week, with a number of officials representing First Nations of the region among those in attendance.

The province of British Columbia is also well represented and in one of a number of photos making their way to the Mayor's twitter feed, he had an opportunity to catch up with Premier Christy Clark as part of the trip to Ottawa.

As well, the Mayor had the chance as to greet former Prince Rupert resident Francesco Sorbara who as we outlined on the blog last October, now represents a Toronto area riding in Parliament.

Mayor Brain, MP Francesco Sorbara and Premier Clark
at a function in Ottawa this week

(Photo from Mayor Brain's twitter feed)

Provincial officials are putting a full court press on the Federal government when it comes to the range of LNG projects that they hope to see developed in British Columbia. Impressing on the Federal officials of the importance of forward movement when it comes to the B. C. Government's plans for development of pipeline and terminal projects across the province.

Those efforts to find momentum suffered a setback this morning, as word begins to circulate that Shell has postponed a final decision on its plans for the LNG Canada project in Kitimat due to slumping profits.

The LNG Canada Terminal was thought to be the one most likely to reach the finish line first of all the proposed Northwest LNG projects.

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