The Clark government has tabled legislation that would pave the way for a 45-billion-dollar LNG plant in the Prince Rupert area.
But NDP leader John Horgan says the opposition will vote against the bill in a rare summer sitting of the legislature.
“It wasn’t a difficult decision. I said last fall when I supported the fiscal framework that was tabled by the government that we would be following this negotiation very closely, and we had four conditions-those conditions have not been met. The people of British Columbia expect their government to negotiate on their behalf, not on behalf of foreign governments and foreign companies.”
Horgan says the Liberals’ deal with Pacific Northwest L-N-G amounts to a 25-year tax holiday for the consortium and has no job guarantees for British Columbians.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong says the deal with Pacific Northwest LNG is a “fair and good one” for the people of BC.
“British Columbians benefit, they will be first in line for these jobs, and I know this about British Columbians-they can compete with other Canadians, they can compete with anyone in the world and British Columbians are going to be in demand for the thousands of jobs that these projects will bring with them.”
The government says the plant would create up to 45-hundred construction jobs alone.