By Jillian Stead
In 2013, British Columbians voted for our plan to grow the economy and get to a debt-free BC. That included a comprehensive strategy to develop a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry that could generate 100,000 jobs and $1 trillion in economic activity. Landing this new industry is a path to paying down our provincial debt and contributing to a cleaner, greener planet.
Last month, Environment Minister Mary Polak and Finance Minister Mike de Jong introduced two new pieces of legislation that are the cornerstones of this plan. The first will ensure that BC will have the world’s cleanest LNG facilities, while the second will create an LNG Income Tax that gives certainty to businesses with a competitive tax structure, while ensuring British Columbia receives a fair share of the revenue.
Unfortunately, the NDP continue to stand in the way of this generational opportunity, and continue to oppose our efforts to contribute to a cleaner planet.
Two weeks ago, John Horgan’s NDP voted to delay a critical part of our LNG plan, and this past week, they opposed the legislation that would ensure BC has the world’s cleanest LNG facilities. That’s not leadership – that’s the same old NDP, standing in the way of economic development and progress on combating climate change.
This legislation will further British Columbia’s leadership on combating climate change, and ensure we lead the world with the cleanest LNG facilities.
Here’s what Minister Polak said in the Legislature: “This piece of legislation might be the piece of legislation that, in the future, I look back upon as being one of the most impactful on the future of British Columbia and, in fact, the world.”
But, John Horgan and the same old NDP dismissed the actions taken by the BC Liberals, accusing the party of “doing stupid things” by introducing this GHG-combatting bill. In typical fashion, he didn’t offer any alternatives.
Are you surprised?
We’re not. We went to our Executive Director, Laura Miller to try and make sense of all of this. Here’s what subscribers to her Executive Director’s Update received late last week, detailing just what the NDP had to say about the BC Liberal Party’s plan to move on our LNG opportunity:
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.
Once again, 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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