Fort St. John Mayor Expresses ‘Concern’ Over NDP Government
Fort St. John, B.C. – Lori Ackerman, the mayor of Fort St. John, has expressed her concerns about the newly sworn-in Green backed NDP government.
“We have industries (oil and gas) that have been significant contributors to the provincial economy for years and I think we have some new MLAs that really have not seen the industry and there’s such tremendous value in understanding and so those who create policy need to be informed decision-makers and that’s a huge concern.”
She says the most pressing concern is the possibility the Site C project will be quashed after a review that’s been promised by the NDP-Green alliance.
“When you’ve got a decision that is already this far down the line a couple of things will happen: there’s contracts out there that people have increased their business to accommodate the contracts that have been signed,” says Ackerman.
“There would be legal action if those contracts were nullified. We would wind up owing almost the cost of the dam and not having one. But what concerns me more is that investors will never be seen in our jurisdiction again because there would be no trust.”
Moving ahead, she plans to reiterate an open invitation she made to Premier John Horgan to visit the city earlier this year to discuss the importance of Site C.
“I will certainly be reiterating my invitation. I understand that a lot of the province’s focus is on the Cariboo and the Okanagan where the fires are happening,” says Ackerman.
“And so, there’s all of August and we’ll see what happens. I’ll reiterate my invitation if I don’t hear from him soon.”