B.C. politicians are heading back to the legislature today and Christy Clark is expected to face tough questions about what her critics call unfulfilled economic goals.
The Premier vowed, back in September 2011 that B.C. would be among the countries top two provinces for both job and economic growth by 2015, but according to the Canadian Press, recent Stats Canada data shows B.C. is currently fifth spot among the provinces with job creation stuck at half a per cent.
However, while conceding economic progress can be a rough ride in her annual address last Friday to the UBCM convention the Premier painted a more positive economic picture.
Much of it focussed on government leadership, and while again she again was critical of the doom and gloom forecasters, she also made no secret of her dislike, for the fence-sitters, and that took her to the construction of the Site C dam.
“But we cannot forget about the importance of vital infrastructure for our province and communities. Right now we have more than $7 billion worth of projects out in the field. That’s bridges, hospitals, transit, schools, things that are happening in all of your communities. B.C. Hydro will be investing $2.4 billion a year every year for the next ten years. That’s dams, transmission lines, it’s distribution, and it’s jobs all over the province. When you consider all of those projects it adds up to 150,000 jobs over ten years from infrastructure. Site C alone is going to create 10,000 of those jobs.
I know that there are some of you in this room and outside it that oppose building Site C as much as I passionately support doing it. I understand your position. What I don’t understand is the position of those who say they don’t have the courage to take a position. It is not leadership to say on the biggest infrastructure project in British Columbia’s history you’re just not sure.”