Delta’s mayor has struck out trying to get a meeting with the premier.
Lois Jackson wrote to John Horgan this spring noting her city has been working diligently with the provincial government’s various ministries on a variety of issues that impact Delta, including provincial water lot leases, local channel dredging, the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, the legalization and regulation of cannabis as well as the protection of agricultural land for food production.
“We appreciate the hard work of your colleagues and staff on these long-standing and complex issues, however, I believe it would be more constructive and mutually beneficial for us to meet directly to discuss them,” Jackson wrote in her April letter.
In late June, Horgan responded, thanking Jackson for her ongoing advocacy and leadership, as well as her interest in working collaboratively with the provincial government.
His letter, made public this week by the city, lists the various ministers Delta officials have been dealing with on the issues, and with Delta North MLA Ravi Kahlon on local issues as well.
However, the premier wasn’t going to commit to a meeting.
“These ministries have assured me that they are open to continued discussion on these issues, and I encourage you to maintain your dialogue with the relevant ministry officials. Ministers and their staff are in the best position to work with you directly on these specific matters and I am confident they will continue to provide ongoing assistance with any concerns the City of Delta may have,” he wrote.
Although Horgan didn’t want to meet with the mayor, he noted, “I do appreciate hearing from you.”