Removal of BCFGA president called for

A majority of packinghouse co-op members call for the growers' association to remove president Kirpal Boparai.

A long-time Kelowna tree fruit grower has called for the removal of B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association president Kirpal Boparai of Kelowna.

Glenn Cross put a resolution to members of the Okanagan Tree Fruit Co-operative at its annual general meeting Tuesday afternoon in Peachland that the co-op packinghouse immediately stop funding the BCFGA until the executive removes Boparai from the board. It was approved and the resolution will go to the co-op board for its consideration.

However, it’s not clear whether the BCFGA executive can remove a director.

Fees to cover membership in the BCFGA are levied at the co-op although there is no governance relationship between the two organizations. All co-op members are also members of the grower lobby group.

Cross said he put the resolution because he doesn’t feel Boparai represents his best interest, and a majority of the 200 to 300 growers in attendance approved the resolution.

Cross went on to say he didn’t feel Boparai has respect for the co-op or the political people he is supposed to be working with on behalf of growers, and that hinders his ability to represent growers.

Boparai said he has talked to a couple of members of the co-op board and he didn’t feel the motion would go forward, but he said he would be more than happy to step aside if that’s what growers want.

“It’s not about Kirpal. It’s all about the growers,” he said.

New people and new ideas are needed in the co-operative to get more returns to growers, he said.

He was dismissed from the co-op recently because he did not honour his contractual agreement to ship all his apples through the co-op, but instead sold them elsewhere.

“The bottom line is I’m always interested in growers. I’m the first president (of the BCFGA) who stood up to the co-op,” he said.

“The old ways don’t work anymore,” he added.

Boparai will be up for re-election at the BCFGA annual general meeting to be held Jan. 26, 2013 in Penticton.


Just Posted

Documentary series features local wineries and restaurants

Quest Out West Wild Food launches Jan. 18

West Kelowna looking at three per cent tax increase

Council grapples with 2018 budget, rejects addition of more cops, firefighters

Tech funding announced for Kelowna post-secondary institutions

UBCO and Okanagan College are getting funding to expand their tech programs

Arbitrated settlement for Kelowna jail guards

Details of arbitration settlement in contract dispute not released

Kelowna art exhibition showcases connection to environment

The opening of Blue Renew – art:debris is Jan. 18

The snow capped hills around Carr’s Landing

Andre Paris has posted another drone video showcasing Lake Country’s beauty

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

UPDATE: Highway reopened following fatal crash south of Armstrong

Highway 97A crash south of Pleasant Valley cross road near Spallumcheen claims a life

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

Canadian junior captain returns to Rockets lineup

Dillon Dube will be back in Kelowna’s lineup Wednesday night after world juniors and bout of flu

Most Read