Minister Coleman said he called Petronas today after reading the Financial Times article, and was reassured that “our negations are going fine”, although he did not reveal the identify of the person he talked to, citing the need to maintain confidentiality.
Premier Christy Clark and Minister Coleman are both seen as already being extremely supportive of the development of LNG in the province, as they both continue to boast the claim that the construction of five plants could result in 58,700 direct and indirect jobs as well as 23,800 positions in the LNG plant operations.
It’s also been said to have the potential of eliminating the entire provincial debt.
Provincial representatives say they are certain that steps forward are being made to pave the way for all the regulatory, environmental, fiscal and other barriers to allow for work to commence.
One of the major barriers is the continued disapproval from many First Nations groups, who’ve also gone on record to say if development proceeds, they won’t hesitate to take that decision to the Supreme Court.
Mr. Abbas is expected to visit Canada Friday, while already being reported to say the U.S. is “leading Canada by a far stretch” in the LNG race and Canada is “already 40 years behind the game.”
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With files from The Globe and Mail