Wednesday May 25, 2022 | LANGFORD, BC [Updated 5:11 pm]
by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends
This is not the first time that a manner of protest has happened outside the Premier’s local constituency office.
But it’s been a while. Most times it’s been regarding the old growth forest issue.
Premier John Horgan (who is the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca) has said publicly that there are better ways to change the system than by disruptive behaviours (he made that comment in the context of the truck blockade that arrived in downtown Victoria a few months ago).
“The West Shore RCMP are aware and investigating a mischief that occurred this morning at John Horgan’s MLA Community Office in Langford,” it was stated in an RCMP news release this afternoon.
The Langford-Juan de Fuca Consitutuency office is at 2801 Jacklin Road in central Langford. Surveillance cameras caught the disruptors in action.
Five people involved:
At 9:30 am, the West Shore RCMP responded to a report of “approximately five people discarding and throwing manure at the front doors of John Horgan’s MLA Community Office”. One of the surveillance camera photos shows seven people.
“In addition, signs were placed in the manure pile and posted on the front doors of the office,” says the RCMP in a news release this afternoon.
“The suspects are believed to be supporters of Save Old Growth. The incident took place just before 9:00 am and the suspects departed before police arrival,” the West Shore RCMP stated.
Old growth logging still occurs on Vancouver Island, despite the government’s awareness of the problem. A broader long-term BC forestry strategy was announced in June 2021. It’s possible today’s protest was something of a one-year anniversary response.
The Save Old Growth organization says on their website: “We are in a climate crisis and the BC Government continues to allow the logging of 1000 year old trees.”
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