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Allocation Rally – Legislature in Victoria

Hunters RallyFirst of all, to those of you who attended the Allocation Rally on January 31st and wrote letters to our Premier, I offer a huge ‘Thank-you’! We made a very strong statement with the large turnout but this was just the first step in the battle towards a fair allocation policy. We delivered the letter to the Premier’s West Kelowna office on Thursday and the Premier just happened to be in town on the same day.
We had the media there and had some good coverage but it is clear from her reaction that she is not listening to our concerns. Global News Story
 
A slightly revised Allocation Policy was released yesterday by FLNRO but it only contain extremely minor changes concessions and resident hunters are not satisfied.
 
So the next step in all this is a rally on the doorstep of the BC Legislature in Victoria on Monday March 2/2015 while the Legislature is in session.
 
While booking time off work and travelling to attend this rally might be more than most people are willing to commit to, I plead with you all to make a stand for your hunting rights resident hunters and as taxpayers. We will most likely have a couple buses chartered from the Okanagan to make it more convenient but we need to get an idea of the number of people so we can figure out costs involved.
 
If you are interested please send me a quick email @ bting@telus.net so we can gauge the numbers and plan accordingly. Regardless of how we are getting there, my daughter and I will be in attendance. It’s not just about our rights, it’s about the rights of our children and grandchildren. It’s time to take a stand!
 
Brent Tingstad
V.P. PSA
 
Here’s a note from the organisers of the Victoria rally………
 
Dear Sportsman’s clubs of B.C.,
 
This is a letter of introduction from a passionate group of individuals, whom are striving to put back the priority in the “resident priority” policy governing the allocation of game animals in B.C.
We are calling ourselves “B.C. Resident Hunters” in order to have a name people can identify with.
 
I am sure you are aware of the issues at hand, so I don’t believe there is a necessity to rehash it here. The reason we are contacting you is to solicit support. At the moment individuals are drafting a poster and background info packet to be forwarded to as many clubs, members and the general public as possible. This will be regarding a Victoria protest march and rally on March 2nd, 11:00 A.M. on the legislative grounds. We decided to go forward with this event based on the success of the Kelowna march to the premier’s office.
 
What we request of you and your respective membership is the following: 1. Help forwarding info regarding the protest in Victoria to your membership. 2. A request for volunteers within your membership, helping with such tasks as putting up posters, emailing MLA’s and possibly stuffing envelopes to send out to the general public. 3. Organize a bus from your location to the Victoria Legislature.
 
The wheels are turning and this is going to happen. The permitting process has been initiated for a protest on the legislative grounds, the police have been consulted, and as a result have been very helpful providing info on how not to run afoul of the law. Opposition MLA’s will be attending, bus’s are being organized to shuttle people from the ferry to the legislative grounds and many many more tasks are being ticked off the list. We need to get the message out to the 102,000 hunters of B.C. and the public in general, and this is why your support is so crucial, we can’t do this without your help.
 
In my opinion this is the thin edge of the wedge and we are starting to see the commercialization of game animals in B.C. It has happened all over the world and is now coming to a theater near you. If the new allocation numbers are not concern enough, consider having more game animals in B.C. managed under LEH, in order to minimize animals taken by residents in order to maximize trophy potential for foreigners, this IS being lobbied for at the legislature. we must act together.
 
This is just one of many attempts to limit the B.C. resident’s rights to their own game animals. We are fighting a very well funded and politically connected coalition. If you would like to discuss further or follow up with a phone call, please email us with your contact information. The lobbyist portion of the GOABC also continuously seeks intervener status on policy changes regarding LEH decisions. Meaning they want to be consulted and have the ability to influence LEH decisions at the policy level of the government. Attached below is from the B.C. legislative archives.
 
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0gag6cI3mBHeXBXQzUzb2tuOVk/edit
 
Thank you for reading and we hope to hear from you soon, we have no time to waste.
 
B.C. Resident Hunters
 

Please contact us at bcreshunt@gmail.com
 

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