A local MLA has been selected as the critic for the Columbia River Treaty file ahead of next week’s negotiations.
Representatives for Canada and the US will meet May 29 to begin negotiations.
Columbia River-Revelstoke’s Doug Clovechok says the historic document has been a good deal for both countries since it was signed in 1964. “Any decision is going to be Canada’s decision. BC has a huge role to play in the renegotiation of this treaty so it’s really exciting to be playing the role I’ll be playing as critic. Obviously I’ll be watching very closely”.
The trans-boundary agreement sets guidelines for flood control and power generation for both sides of the border.
Clovechok says the deal has been good for both sides, but would like to see Canada get a little more out of the pact. “BC receives millions of dollars from this which is great for the programs run by the Columbia Basin Trust. But we store about 50% water capacity for the Americans and that’s likely to increase to about 60% over the next decade.”
The current deal expires in 2024.
– Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok
– Wylie Henderson