A peek into the history of Fair Share negotiations

first_imgThose negotiations began last month with the province looking to compensate for falling resource revenues by getting the local municipal jurisdictions to unanimously agree to a new 15-year agreement, with a 2030 end date, and what the province views as more affordable terms.However, that’s run into some strong local government objections, particularly here in the North Peace, as it would severely interfere with municipal capital budget spending plans at a time when Site C dam construction and proposed LNG development are presenting major local community infrastructure challenges.Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm, as a former Fort St. John City Councillor, is in a position to offer an assessment of the arguments put forward from both sides of the negotiating table.- Advertisement -“It started in 1994 under the NDP – it was $4 million per year,” explains MLA Pimm. “In 1998 we renegotiated a second Fair Share and it was for $12 million a year with no indexing. In 2005, under the B.C. Liberal government, we negotiated a deal for $20 million as the base, and then we also negotiated to get tied to regional assessment growth.”MLA Pimm says being tied to the assessment has translated into about $43 million for Peace Region communities.“We contribute a substantial amount to the province, but from the province’s view in how they’re looking at it, it’s a substantially less amount than it was in 2005.”Advertisementlast_img