South Surrey-White Rock MP Dianne Watts and Conservative Critic for Infrastructure and Communities says the Liberal Government has gone too far after it passed a motion that imposes greenhouse gas emission screens on infrastructure projects on Wednesday.
Watts says the motion puts projects that have already been announced and future proposals in limbo.
And it could also delay projects until an implementation plan is in place.
“What does that mean for the communities and the projects they’ve been promised? I put the question to the Minister, he did not answer it. I asked him when we should be expecting the implementation plan and there was no clear answer on that.”
Watts says the motion is very vague, given that no implementation plan was announced.
“That’s going to affect every single project that the Minister is now announcing until this work is down. Now, if that’s not the case, then he has to be clear and say ‘well no this motion was really what we intended, so we’re just going to go forward anyway.'”
Watts says communities in the North that need new roads and highways, or even the just-approved LNG project in the province, could potentially be shoved aside for others that meet the Liberals’ new ‘climate change’ criteria.