Union Urges NDP & Greens to Allow Site C Construction to Continue
Prince George, B.C. – The BC Liberals may have sworn in their new cabinet this week but a union representing over 1,000 workers on the Site C project is already urging a possible Green backed NDP government to allow construction on the dam to continue.
The Christian Labour Association of Canada note the fact the NDP and Greens plan to send the project to a review is causing unrest.
“The economic impact of any delays or cancellation on each individual worker and their families is immense,” says Ryan Bruce, CLAC spokesperson.
“We’re on pins and needles now,” adds Leah Reid, CLAC member working on the project. “If there are any delays at Site C, we will have very hard decisions to make. It is very expensive to live here, but we love the Fort St. John community. We moved here to work and to make the city our home.”
On behalf of its union membership, CLAC has sent letters to both Horgan and Weaver requesting meetings to discuss their positions regarding the future of the dam.
“I really hope they will take the time to respond,” says Bruce. “Those workers want their voice to be heard.”
In the meantime, he says they are going to circulate a petition and encourage those who feel they’ll be negatively impacted to sign it.
Bruce says they then plan to present the petition to the legislature at the first opportunity.
“And so, I really hope they’ll take the time to reach out and meet with us and meet some of our members to hear first hand how this delay or shutting down the project would affect their lives.”
250News reached out to both the NDP and BC Greens for comment on this story but didn’t hear back prior to publication time.