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October 7, 2015

BC NDP say no to jobs, development and opportunity

It’s one of my favourite stages of a province-transforming project – the point where after years of studying, consulting, and environmental reviews, the shovels are in the ground, the jobs are posted, and folks in places like Fort St. John are starting to see a real difference in their communities.

That’s where we’re at with Site C – and we couldn’t be more optimistic about the project and its impact on BC and our future. Here’s why:

  1. Jobs – 10,000 of them will be created throughout the construction of this project. And great, family supporting jobs, to boot – several of them ready to fill now.
  2. 100 years of clean, affordable energy – With our economy and population projected to grow in the years to come, we’ll need it. Plus, we have the third-lowest residential electricity rates in North America today – and we owe it to British Columbians to keep them there.
  3. Economic benefits: $3.2 billion will be added to the provincial economy from the purchase of goods and services during construction, with $130 million of that going into the regional economy.
  4. Community development – Real estate in Fort St. John is already up – and with the construction and operation of Site C will come new and expanded recreation opportunities for residents of the Peace, such as new boat launches and day use areas and funding for community recreation sites.

All great outcomes for all of British Columbia. Pretty easy to get behind, right?

Apparently not for the BC NDP, who after years of flip flopping to the point of contortion on the project, have finally admitted that they have no plan for economic growth or job creation.

By voting no to Site C in the legislature, not only has the BC NDP said no to jobs, development and opportunity – they’ve also said no to the future of British Columbia. Try explaining that to the growing percentage of British Columbians who support the project, and to the thousands of contract, union, and First Nations workers looking for good jobs here at home.

If that sounds like a difficult task, you’re right – it had John Horgan showing a pricklier side this week to our friends in the media. And it has us wondering just what project – if any – the BC NDP do support.

For now, one thing remains clear – that even under a new leader, the opposition maintains its firm opposition to development, while Today’s BC Liberals continue to deliver real results on our promise to create jobs, secure growth, and plan for the future.

To me, that’s leadership. And that’s exactly what British Columbia needs as we enter this exciting time of unprecedented growth. (#giddyup)

By Jillian Stead