MLAs debated for hours yesterday about the future of Site C, and ultimately, the vote was cast in favour of keeping construction moving forward for the project.
Energy Minister Bill Bennett put forward this motion:
Be it resolved that this House supports the construction of the Site C Clean Energy Project; because the Site C Clean Energy Project represents the most affordable way to generate 1,100 megawatts of clean and reliable power; and the Site C Clean Energy Project will create jobs for thousands of British Columbians; and the Site C Clean Energy Project has been the subject of a thorough environmental review process.
The 39 votes for the dam were entirely made up of Liberal MLAs, including the Peace River North and Peace River South MLAs Pat Pimm and Mike Bernier, respectively.
These MLAs voted against it. With the exception of Vicki Huntington, who is independent, and Andrew Weaver, who is with the Green Party, the side against Site C was entirely NDP.
McMillan lawyers Robin Junger and Rohan Hill offered their views on the recent ruling for Treaty 8 First Nations against BC Hydro, concluding that:
These decisions illustrate that just as the duty to consult does not imply a duty to agree on the substantive issues, there is similarly no requirement that parties agree on the sufficiency of consultation itself. While the Court will indeed supervise the Crown’s actions to ensure the duty to consult has been met, that is not the same as requiring agreement.