Clark touts need for Site C

Construction of the Moberly River construction bridge, looking northeast. (October 2016)

Site C is the largest infrastructure project in B.C., and the largest clean energy project under construction in North America – but it’s much more than that, says Liberal leader Christy Clark.

“Site C means thousands of jobs and 100 years of clean, affordable, and reliable power – enough for 450,000 B.C. homes,” said Clark, in a press release. “It means being ready to meet increasing demand as Canada’s leading economy continues to grow.”

Clark was in Fort St. John Tuesday.

According to a Liberal press release, British Columbia’s population is expected to grow by one million, and the need for power to will grow by 40 per cent. Site C is the only way to reliably meet that need with clean power, Clark says.

In January 2017, Site C meant jobs for 195 Aboriginal people working for construction and non-construction contractors, 677 workers from the Peace River area, and 42 apprentices.

“Only Today’s BC Liberals have a plan to control spending, cut middle class taxes by $900 a year, and create jobs to secure a strong B.C. and bright future for our children and grandchildren,” reads the press release. “And only the BC Liberals will move forward and get Site C built.”

NDP leader John Horgan has stated that he would refer the Site C project to the BC Utilities Commission to determine whether there is a business case for the project.

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