The provincial government has pledged 4, 500 jobs in its Petronas-backed Pacific Northwest LNG plant, but opposition NDP leader John Horgan isn’t so sure.
“There aren’t going to be any jobs unless there’s a final investment decision, unless there’s an environmental permit produced by the federal government, and unless the Lax Kw’alaams agree to it.”
Tom Sigurdson with BC Building Trades has supported the project for years under the premise that it benefits the people of BC, but admits that support could waver if there are no job guarantees.
“When I take a look at the enabling legislation and the project development agreement that the province has entered into with Petronas, I don’t see sufficient enough support for British Columbian workers in the legislation or in the agreement.”
Sigurdson says because the province owns the resource, they should see the benefits of those jobs.