Shelby Thom and Simon Little
In a bid to net federal cash, the B.C. Liberal government is pitching replacing the George Massey Tunnel with a bridge as “green infrastructure.”
As a part of that agreement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the feds would be fast tracking current infrastructure projects, and pouring money into new green infrastructure and transit.
The Massey submission was included with a group of industry-boosting bids under the heading of “Pacific Gateway.”
But B.C. Green party MLA Andrew Weaver says calling the project “green infrastructure” is ludicrous.
“It makes me break out laughing. It’s of the same vein as somehow BC’s LNG will help the word’s carbon footprint by selling it to China. It makes no sense at all. You don’t build a bridge to reduce greenhouse gasses.”
The full cost of the tunnel replacement project is estimated $3.5 billion.
But who will pay how much of that remains unclear, with virtually no mention of the project in last month’s budget.
The province’s ‘wish list,’ also includes Surrey light rail, the Vancouver Broadway subway, and even public charging stations for electric vehicles.
Province of British Columbia’s green infrastructure proposals