Government Downplays LNG Expectations in Throne Speech
Victoria, B.C. – Short on details but long on rhetoric, the Honourable Judith Guichon, B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, opened the fifth session of our province’s 40th Parliament with the Throne Speech this afternoon.
She touched on a wide variety of topics, from LNG, to transportation along the so called Highway of Tears and social services.
On the LNG file, she seemed to downplay expectations from the enthusiasm BC Liberal’s expressed during the 2013 provincial election campaign.
“There are 20 active projects at various stages of development. Over 30 investment partners are involved, and between them, they have invested some $20 billion,” said Guichon.
“There is no question that unforeseen global conditions are posing new challenges. Low global prices will have an impact on your government’s initial timelines.”
However she noted “success is not for quitters,” that “success demands steadfast attention” and that “demand for LNG will increase, and with it the price.”
Also of interest to Northerners, Guichon reiterated the government’s plan to improve transportation along Highway 16, the so called Highway of Tears, between Prince Rupert and Prince George.
Other pledges included:
– to spend more money on new social workers than recommended by Bob Plecas in his report on child welfare problems
– to work carefully to protect the savings and equity that homeowners have placed in their homes
– to work with federal counterparts to secure more RCMP resources and officers
– a commitment to fiscal responsibility, noting there are currently more than $7 billion worth of infrastructure projects underway without pushing B.C. into debt
– a commitment to First Nations communities pointing out since 2011 the government has invested in clean energy projects in 116 Aboriginal communities
– right now, more than 200 red tape reduction projects are underway or completed