Last week, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced his government would stall the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project indefinitely by convening yet another panel to do yet another study. Many experts believe the B.C. Government is violating the Canadian constitution by exceeding its jurisdiction over this federally-approved project.
Indeed, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, a member of the same NDP as John Horgan, has strongly rebuked her B.C. counterpart, rightly pointing out that B.C. is just trying to stall the pipeline project until it is cancelled.
We can’t sit idly by – today, we launched a new email campaign at get2yes.icba.ca/projects/trans-mountain-pipeline to demand the B.C. Government abide by the federal government’s approval of this $7.4 billion job-creating investment.
The B.C. Government’s position is seriously flawed. Here are the facts:
- The federal government has already announced it will spend $1.5 billion to protect our coastline
- The science is already settled on diluted bitumen in marine environments – there are no questions left to answer by this B.C. panel
- Trans Mountain must meet 194 federal and provincial conditions, many of which relate to the environment
- Green leader Andrew Weaver, whose support is the sole reason why John Horgan is in power today, has said the BC Government should choke out the pipeline project with unfair permit conditions
- This project spent 29 months under intense review and consultation. There is nothing new for B.C. to add
- The Conference Board of Canada says this pipeline would generate 678,000 person-years of employment and $18.5 billion in government revenue. B.C. would get 80% of the construction jobs and 12% of the revenue
We need to stand up for this pipeline project, for responsible resource development, and for the construction jobs they create.
Please go to http://get2yes.icba.ca/projects/trans-mountain-pipeline now, and send the email (right side of the page) to John Horgan asking him to scrap this latest delay for this much-needed project. Every email matters!