I read MLA Bill Bennett’s ad in The Free Press about the Columbia Basin Trust helping the region.
We were victims of the flooding of the Duncan dam. We lost our home and a business on Duncan Lake. I believe the benefits to the province from the Columbia Basin Trust are not put back into the affected areas.
In the Lardeau our road was upgraded to accommodate the building of the Duncan dam. The power line was also put in to accommodate the building of the Duncan dam. Since that time we have been given the short end of the stick and in my opinion other places have got the cream.
The Columbia Basin Trust was formed to bring economic growth to the communities who were flooded. To date this has not happened. In fact we have slipped backwards over the years.
Grants go to the people who are looking for a chance to study something to death. They wander around looking for ideas on how to get a grant so they do not have to get a real job.
The people who would like a job in the forest or mining industry are out of luck. Our young people have to move away to get employment in the oil sands or the coal mines.