I had a question for the B.C. Government today. For a decade and counting, B.C. has failed to demand Alberta to end its trade violations enacted against our domestic oil and gas companies.
Through the Freedom of Information Act, my office was given records stating there were 17 B.C. companies that were ensnared by the Government of Alberta's ERCB Compliance and Enforcement agency -- and were told to either pack up for Calgary or risk losing their licences. Most larger companies are aware of Alberta's corporate protectionism and take that into account when setting up their offices in Calgary. It's an longstanding, unresolved dispute crucial to the north and important to all of us in B.C.
Today I had the pleasure to stand alongside fellow Independent MLAs Bob Simpson and John van Dongen to discuss our collaboration on a democratic reform agenda we hope can improve the accountability and performance of B.C.'s legislature and electoral system. Since being elected as an Independent in 2009, I've called for changes that would help fix our struggling democratic institut