REPORTING · 9th January 2016
The District of Kitimat and the Haisla Nation sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to consider visiting Kitimat and see how the community is working with industry to build a liquefied natural gas export industry which will benefit Canadians. The letter was sent on December 22nd, and released to the public on January 8th.
“As you are aware, about 20 LNG proposals for BC are in various stages of development; four of those are in our region which is the traditional territory of the Haisla people,” wrote Chief Councillor Ellis Ross Mayor Phil Germuth. “Both of our communities strongly support LNG. We are Comfortable with the industries safety record and its plans to minimize environmental impacts in our valley and on our waters. Our people have already started benefitting from the employment, training and entrepreneurial opportunities that have appeared in the last few years as these developments have progressed.”
The letter goes on to say that global markets are cyclical and there is competition from other LNG export regions and their governments are strong supporters of LNG. The BC Government is working closely with the community to advance the LNG and they were pleased to see the Federal government has maintained changes to the Federal Tax treatment of LNG which were negotiated in 2014.
“We believe that once you experience the many positive and practical changes being brought to Kitimat and Kitamaat Village by the LNG opportunity, you will recognise Canada wide economic benefits that would come about if Canada is able to build a clean and stable LNG export industry,” wrote Ross and Germuth. “We would then ask that the federal government take on a stronger voice in favour of LNG exports and use its good offices to promote the opportunity to our global trading partners.”
Comment by Larry Thompson on 9th January 2016
Nice to see our leaders writing a letter to promote our future. I just hope that it is not too late. As we debate and argue amongst ourselves about who gets what slice of the pie the Americans have been fast tracking their projects and my fear is that yet again...our resources will be shipped to the states where they will create thousands of jobs and export it at our demise. Lets get things going!