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BC Hydro needs inclusive model for Site C construction

If the goal is to jeopardize the Site C Clean Energy project, then the building trades unions deserve credit.

Site C is a province-building opportunity that is a key asset in an increasingly competitive global economy. It will produce firm power for more than a century; contribute $3.2 billion to B.C.’s GDP; generate approximately 10,000 direct jobs and an additional 23,000 indirect jobs. B.C. can’t afford self-interest groups standing in the way.

Not surprisingly, the building trades unions (BTU) are putting their self-interests ahead of British Columbians. And, they are putting their interests ahead of construction workers who for the past 30 years have worked together on numerous projects regardless of their labour affiliation.

Truth be told, the construction industry has been a model of labour peace and stability. In fact, the majority of British Columbia’s major infrastructure projects have been built without a hitch using an inclusive approach to labour. Projects like construction for the 2010 Olympic Games venues, the Port Mann Bridge, the Sea to Sky Highway, the Canada Line and the Gibraltar and Copper Mountain mines were delivered on time, on budget and everyone worked side by side regardless of whether or not the worker had a union card. Read more