Horgan Calls on BC Hydro To Hold Off on New Contracts for Site C
Prince George, B.C. – There is no clear indication yet as to when John Horgan, with the aid of the Green Party, will form government, but he has already sent a letter to B.C. Hydro asking the utility to refrain from finalizing any contracts on Site C.
In the letter to BC Hydro CEO Jessica MacDonald, Horgan expresses concern about the expropriation of certain properties for the project “I believe there is no demonstrated short term need to force these families from their homes, and because the status of the next governments of British Columbia are uncertain, the threat of imminent removal of residents from their expropriated homes and property is unreasonable.”
Horgan noted “the majority of British Columbians who voted in this election voted for parties that want to see the Site C project reviewed or stopped. The BC NDP position is that the Site C project should be independently reviewed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission. ”
He says finalizing new contracts while the government is in flux, has the potential to increase the liability of BC Hydro, ratepayers and taxpayers should that independent review set the stage for the cancellation of the project ” We urge BC Hydro not to finalize any contracts that do not contain a penalty-free cancellation clause until a new government has gained the confidence of the legislature to govern and decide future policy regarding the Site C project.”
The full letter can be accessed here .