The committee would consist of the mayors from Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, Area B and C of the Regional District, Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm, Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce, and regional industry.
“We want to make sure that everybody that’s certainly going to be affected [are] at that table, and they can have their input into the process [and] see how the project is moving forward at all times,” MLA Pimm said.
MLA Pimm adds, “We want to make sure that everybody’s agreements are being acknowledged, and everything is being looked at positively, and if there’s any little glitches that we find along the way; we want to be able to address them.”
However, MLA Pimm goes on to explain the role of this committee would be somewhat minimal – as if agreements continue to be made between specific municipalities and the province – they do not need to be vetted by liaison members.
“The Peace River Regional District negotiated an agreement, Fort St. John has negotiated an agreement; they haven’t finished I don’t think, but Taylor and Chetwynd actually have an agreement with B.C. Hydro as well, and Hudson’s Hope.”
The liaison committee will also be responsible for ensuring whenever possible, B.C. Hydro is first hiring locally.
“When you look at what’s happening around the area, especially in the South Peace right now around Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge – with the people laid off [and] the mines being closed – those people are skilled to do a lot of the work,” South Peace MLA Mike Bernier said.
The construction of Site C is slated for the summer of 2015.
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