Premier optimistic about LNG project approval from Ottawa

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VICTORIA, B.C. — Premier Christy Clark still believes the Trudeau government’s LNG scale will tip in favor, of the Pacific Northwest LNG project.

She’s reportedly told reporters in Victoria, “Everything we hear from the federal government has been positive.”

The Premier has taken her B.C. LNG case to Ottawa, and in recent meetings with Prime Minister Trudeau reaffirmed points she’s made many times before, points like this one:

And to explain that one, this one.

Her government is convinced LNG development would make B.C. a Canadian economic power house, and could also help significantly, in efforts to curb climate change, by offering China an alternative to using coal.

The Premier has also tied LNG, to other lofty promises, like a debt free B.C. and thousands of new jobs. But Opposition leader John Horgan contends they had a lot more to do with government re-election in 2013, than with any general public economic benefits.

LNG development is expected to again be a major issue in the 2017 election and in a Globe and Mail article this week, Opposition House leader, Bruce Ralston, likely gave us a preview of what to expect from the NDP arguing, when it comes to the LNG file the Liberals are prepared to ‘rubber stamp anything you put in front of them.’

He also believes the Trudeau Liberals are struggling with the Pacific NorthWest decision because of its possible environmental impact, and promises made by the Harper government: like a capital-cost-allowance tax break for the LNG sector.

Premier Clark, who acknowledges the federal government should be concerned about protecting environmental process integrity, stated last November she had Liberal government assurances the tax break will not be removed.