File under things that should not be happening under cover of an election campaign, during a pandemic being conducted under a state of emergency.
Please make this an election issue. This is wrong, and it wae preventable. Every ndp mla knew the full significance of how unstable this valley was, and the governments own Weisgerber report from 1991 was explicitly clear that development must be minimized in this area of the valley. The ndp caucus used these points over and over.
This can no longer be blamed on the BC Liberals when the NDP had a choice to stop it, and chose not to. It was not past the point of no return in 2017, and it is reprehensible that Horgan is allowing Hydro to divert this river during an election he forced in part to avoid the inevitable fallout from this fiasco.
During the backlash of the NDP’S decision to continue site C, David Eby wrote a letter to his constituents on why they did so. Excerpt:
“…The Utilities Commission reported back to us, and to the public, that in their opinion terminating Site C and implementing a portfolio of alternative generation technologies would have comparable public and ratepayer costs to continuing with the Site C project.
That was very hopeful news.
” In response, our government took the Utilities Commission’s information to experts in finance for analysis about what options were available.
Devastatingly, at this stage we received unambiguous advice that while the net cost of the termination and continuation scenarios may be similar, the accounting treatment of the two models was dramatically different. In particular, we were told that if we abandoned the Site C project, we would incur an immediate $3-4bn public charge on either hydro ratepayers or BC taxpayers.
In contrast, we were advised that if we continued the project, even if it went significantly over budget, the accounting treatment of the completed project as an “asset” would enable it to be repaid over 70 years by ratepayers with a significantly different impact on rates and public accounts.”
Ironically, this same government showed no such concern over the books taking on the $3.5 billion in debt from the Port Mann Bridge when they promised to remove the tolls in an effort to win key ridings in Surrey.. https://vancouversun.com/news/politics/vaughn-palmer-ending-bridge-tolls-has-cost-486-million-and-counting
Long story short, they clearly had wiggle room in the pre election 2017 budget, and gambled the fallout from enviros was worth ensuring Surrey ridings remained NDP. They tried to make it sound like a horrible position, when in reality it was simply a choice over a vote buy in Surrey or a dam in a Liberal riding that might help John Fracking Horgan beat Christy Clark at her own game of making LNG happen in BC.
Remember this when they tell you it was past the point of no return. It wasn’t. They had a choice and site C wasn’t it.
I would tell you to call your mla and the minister responsible but guess what? They are all campaigning right now with photo ops and events limited by Covid protocal.
And….prevented from speaking to this because we are in an election and in caretaker mode..
How fucking democratic.
Please sign this petition, and share and demand answers from your mlas and candidates campaigning, as to why work is being continued when there is no fix or cost proposed yet.