MLAs vote in favour of keeping Site C construction going

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.

 

Lee
Sturdy
Bing
Hogg
Yamamoto
Michelle Stilwell
Stone
Fassbender
Oakes
Wat
Virk
Rustad
Wilkinson
Pimm
Sultan
Hamilton
Reimer
Ashton
Morris
Hunt
Sullivan
Polak
de Jong
Clark
Coleman
Bond
Bennett
Letnick
Bernier
Barnett
Thornthwaite
McRae
Plecas
Kyllo
Tegart
Martin
Foster
Dalton
Gibson

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.

Simpson
Robinson
Farnworth
James
Dix
Ralston
Fleming
Popham
Conroy
Austin
Chandra Herbert
Macdonald
Eby
Mungall
Bains
Elmore
Shin
Heyman
Darcy
Donaldson
Krog
Trevena
D. Routley
Chouhan
Rice
Holman
B. Routley
Huntington
Weaver

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.