Provincial appointment for chief Leonard
An Indian band chief, a regional district director and a retired Kamloops police officer are the three Kamloops area representatives appointed to a new regional transportation advisory committee.
The 11-member committee represents the Thompson-Okanagan with people from as far as east as Revelstoke and south to Keremeos.
Kamloops Indian Band Chief Bonnie Leonard will chair the committee. Tom Johnson, a former RCMP officer with the local highway patrol, will lend his experience to the board and Stephen Quinn from Blue River will represent the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
“The basic role is to advise the province on where its priorities should be on transportation issues,” says Quinn. “The (TNRD) has gone on record on a number of things highway issues and I will take those to government.”
One area of concern, adds Quinn, is the safety of the Trans-Canada corridor from Cache Creek to the Rocky Mountains.
Asked if the regional transportation committee would have any input on the possible privatization of the Coquihalla Highway, Quinn would only say, “I cannot answer that question at this point.”
Transportation ministry spokesperson Jeff Knight could not answer the question either, saying it was one only Highways Minister Judith Reid could reply to.
Leonard was unavailable Tuesday to comment on her appointment as chair to the regional transportation committee.