NEWS RELEASE · 19th December 2013
BC Conservative Leadership candidate Rick Peterson today warmly welcomed the federal Joint Review Panel’s recommendations that the federal government approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.
“Today’s Joint Review Panel recommendations are a big step forward for BC’s resource sector, for our workforce and for all British Columbians,” he said. “The Panel’s conclusions come at the end of a very lengthy and thorough review process that addresses the key issues in this project, and attaches another 209 safety, environmental and financial conditions that are clearly in the best interest of all stakeholders.
“This is a project that will bring jobs and economic growth to our province and it should enjoy the full and unequivocal support of our provincial government – but that’s clearly not the case.” Peterson said the BC Liberal reaction to the decision was “lukewarm”, and shows the Christy Clark government is merely paying lip-service to the idea of supporting major resource development projects in British Columbia.
“The fact that the Premier had absolutely nothing to say on the JRP decision, which affects one of the largest resource development projects in this province in decades, is astonishing and shows lack of leadership,” said Peterson.
He said Clark’s “5 Conditions” for Northern Gateway approval are little more than a political smokescreen, designed to hide the fact that she will not champion a major resource project that the Review Panel itself says “would bring significant local, regional and national economic and social benefits.”
“Alison Redford clearly told Christy Clark to go ask someone else for her so-called ‘fair share’ of the fiscal and economic benefits of the pipeline, as part of her ‘5 Conditions’. When Premier Clark said ‘OK’, they called that an agreement. That’s not an agreement, and that’s not leadership – that’s Christy Clark sitting on the fence.”
Peterson pointed out that the need for continued consultation and close work with First Nations and all stakeholders along the proposed Northern Gateway route is still a part of the process.
“There is more work to be done but let’s make it clear – the BC Conservative Party, under my leadership, would be a strong, visible and clear supporter of this and any resource project that will help create wealth and jobs in BC in a sustainable, responsible manner.”
The BC Conservative Party will elect a new Leader on April 11, 2014.
Comment by FayEllen McFarlane on 20th December 2013
My goodness! This is the most enthusiastic endorsement for this project I have seen from a British Columbian - I am thinking his response mirrors the Federal Conservatives. Could that be because he is a Conservative leadership hopeful?