The federal Liberals officially have no links or relationship with the BC Liberals …. but what an election they gave Premier Christy Clark Tuesday night!
Approval of the $11.4 Billion LNG terminal near Prince Rupert will no doubt have its critics and opponents … but Clark knows those people wouldn’t vote for her and the BC Liberals anyway.
What Clark WILL get out of it … almost LOL as I write this … is ANOTHER election opportunity to tout the promised LNG windfall for BC: thousands of jobs, huge investment, millions in royalties and taxes … and, of course, promises of more to come.
From the Globe and Mail:
“Constructing Pacific NorthWest LNG would be a massive shot in the arm for the B.C. economy. The consortium estimates the total cost at $36-billion by its completion in 2021, including the construction of the liquefaction terminal and pipelines that would connect with natural gas supplies; Petronas’s $5.2-billion acquisition of Progress Energy Canada in 2012; and $12-billion in drilling and natural gas production in northeastern B.C. needed to feed the plant. The overall price tag also includes TransCanada Corp.’s commitment to build two related pipelines at a cost of $6.7-billion.”
Remember that $36 BILLION figure: you will be hearing it a lot over the next seven months!
And it puts the BC NDP on the spot.
The Opposition has said it is not opposed to LNG exports in principle … but I have no doubt the Liberals are hoping Opposition Leader John Horgan and the NDP will disavow this project.
According to an August article in the Prince Rupert Northern View, the NDP leader “withheld support for the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project earlier this year, the LNG export terminal furthest along in its development stages and currently under federal review, but said in the past with certain conditions, the party could reverse its stance.”
Hmm! No doubt, Clark and the Liberals can hardly wait for the NDP to take a definitive position AGAINST the announced plan.
Because Clark and strategists will gamble that MORE BC voters will SUPPORT the project than OPPOSE it.
Even though the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) concluded the project would result in increased greenhouse gas emissions.
” Environmentalists, some First Nations and a group of scientists also argue that Pacific NorthWest LNG’s choice to build the export terminal on Lelu Island would threaten juvenile salmon habitat in the Skeena River estuary,” the Globe story noted.
“The regulator, however, said the terminal and related infrastructure such as a suspension bridge would not cause major ecological damage to a sandbar called Flora Bank.”
The battle lines are now drawn.
Environmentalist activists and some First Nations and many NDP supporters will NOT support the federal decision or the project.
But Clark and the Liberals no doubt believe MOST British Columbia voters will.
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