NEBC Coalition meets with Premier

The Northeastern BC Regional Municipalities Coalition meets with B.C. Premier Christy Clark, while she was in Fort St. John this weekn. Photo by the NEBCRMC

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After her attendance of the pro-LNG rally in Centennial Park, Premier Christy Clark met with the Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition.

During the meeting, Premier Clark reportedly outlined the Province’s campaign to get B.C.’s LNG into the world market. She also addressed the continual pressure and actions that her government is applying for aprompt decision on the Petronas project and other LNG proposals.

Fort St. John’s Mayor Lori Ackerman said the meeting was pivotal.

“She expressed appreciation for all of the grassroots actions and pressure being generated by citizens in the Northeastern BC for LNG approval,” Mayor Ackerman said. “She congratulated the Coalition for meeting with Ministers and senior officials in Ottawa earlier in the week to demand immediate approval of the Petronas LNG project.”

All 10 member organizations of the Coalition attended the meeting with the Premier including representatives from Energy Services BC, Northern Truckers Association, the Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson and Chetwynd Chambers of Commerce.

The Coalition was also joined at the meeting by Mayor-Elect Lorraine Michetti of Pouce Coupe.

“We are fortunate to have a Premier who fully appreciates that our citizens and business are facing the brunt of the economic downturn,” said Mayor Bill Streeper of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, saying its ‘out citizens who are out of jobs and our businesses they are shutting down.

“Our communities’ very existence is on the line and Premier Clark advised she fully understands the gravity of our situation,” Streeper continued. “She confirmed her government is carrying out a full court press to obtain federal approval of the Petronas project and access to Asian markets for our vast natural gas resource.”

The Coalition also updated Premier Clark on status of Coalition work with the Ministry of Finance and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers on the issues of local hire and ensuring B.C. businesses have a level playing field for competing for available contracts and jobs.

“Our business members and Chambers did an excellent job in briefing the Premier on all facets of the challenges they face and updating her on the collaborative work and excellent progress being completed with the Ministry of Finance officials,” said the District of Taylor’s Mayor, Rob Fraser.

Premier Clark kept encouraging the Coalition and citizens to continue their campaigns for immediate approval of Petronas and all LNG projects.