Residents talk Site-C with NDP Energy Critic


Photo:  B.C. Finance Critic Bruce Ralston. (left)  and B.C. Energy Critic John Horgan (right) answer questions on Thursday night – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Around 20 people attended the NDP’s discussion on energy issues in the Peace Region.

B.C. Energy Critic John Horgan was in Fort St. John on Thursday evening, along with B.C. Finance Critic Bruce Ralston.

Horgan reiterated the NDP’s view on the Site-C, saying that the facility is not needed. He also hinted that the $1.3 million that private power corporations gave to the Liberal Government since 2002, could go hand-in-hand with the privatization of new energy projects popping-up throughout the province.

If this trend continues, he says, publicly-owned companies could be in danger.

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Horgan applauded B.C. Hydro’s contribution to the province, saying that if privatization takes over, vital sectors like health care and education would suffer.

Meanwhile, the Energy Critic says since the unemployment rate in the Peace Region is low, the Site-C mega-project would have little impact on job creation in the area.

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Both Horgan and Ralston say they are taking the concerns from the community to the legislature.

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