In 2013, British Columbians from across the province voted for Today’s BC Liberals to grow the economy and get to a debt-free BC. Our plan to get there included developing a comprehensive LNG industry, which would create plenty of well-paying permanent jobs within the province, while paying down our provincial debt and contributing to a cleaner planet.
To get moving on this plan, BC Liberal cabinet ministers Mary Polak and Mike de Jong introduced two new pieces of legislation last week. The first ensures that BC will have the world’s cleanest LNG facilities. The second introduces an LNG Income Tax that gives certainty to businesses with a competitive tax structure, while ensuring British Columbians receive the revenue they deserve from this new industry.
But, of course, when it came to the second reading of the bills, not everyone seemed to be as proud and excited of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as we were. Once again, we saw the NDP stand in the way of progress in BC.
Here’s what subscribers to the Executive Director’s Update received from Laura Miller late last week, detailing what the NDP had to say about the BC Liberal Party’s plan to move on our LNG opportunity:
Last Thursday, John Horgan’s NDP voted to delay a critical part of our Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plan.
Just like their mentor Adrian Dix, Horgan and the NDP continue to make things up on the fly:
- They say they support exporting LNG, but they won’t rule out a moratorium on extracting natural gas.
- They say they want an LNG industry, but they also call it a “pipedream”.
- They say we need to move quickly to land LNG, but they voted to stall LNG for six months while they study it further.
- They say they stand for more services, but they fight against the very economic development that would pay for it.
Raise your hand if you’re surprised.
All this twisting in the wind would be laughable but for the impact on BC’s future.
LNG is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. It has the potential to create 100,000 jobs and $1 trillion in economic activity, which will put us on the path to a debt-free BC.
To seize this opportunity, government needs to provide certainty to the LNG companies. That’s why Premier Christy Clark convened a fall session of the legislature focused on passing a comprehensive, made-in-BC LNG plan. We want to provide clarity, encourage investment, and secure this industry now.
Premier Christy Clark and Today’s BC Liberals will continue to fight for family-supporting jobs by growing BC’s economy and we’ll let you know if we ever find out just what the NDP are doing.
Until then, we encourage you to share this with your friends and family.
Executive Director, Today’s BC Liberals
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