BC’s Agriculture minister is proposing amendments to his government’s controversial bill to change the Agricultural Land Reserve.
Minister Norm Letnick says he has heard concerns and will alter the bill to create more oversight from the Agricultural Land Commission.
“These amendments will include the ability of the chair or regional panel to raise significant applications to the executive committee of the commission.”
However Nicholas Simons, the NDP MLA for the Sunshine Coast, says his party remains steadfast against the changes.
“Bill 24 should never have been conceived. Bill 24 should never have been drafted. Bill 24 should never have been tabled. And Bill 24 should not be passed.”
The major changes to the ALR, including splitting it into two zones, remain unchanged.