B.C. Energy Minister Bill Bennett says plenty of jobs will be available for British Columbians during the construction of the Site C dam.
He’s responding to BC Building Trades, who suggested the awarding of a $1.75-billion contract for the mega-dam’s main civil works means jobs won’t go to people from this province.
“You have a union group that is disappointed it didn’t get this particular contract. I’m sure it will get some work, and therefore trying to tell people British Columbians aren’t going to get an opportunity to work on this project, which is ridiculous.”
Bennett says the idea is far from the truth.
“In fact, the person who’s going to be in charge of all the hiring on this $1.75-billion contract is born and raised in B.C. There will be lots and lots of British Columbians working on Site C.”
Bennett says there is more than one union representing workers, and there are more workers in B.C. than just unionized ones.
He adds job fairs and information sessions will continue to be held targetting British Columbians who want to work on project.
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