Despite this week’s Insights West BC Government Report Card, showing the public’s perception of her government’s push for LNG industry development has become more negative, Premier Clark now claims to have Ottawa assurances the new Liberal government won’t remove a crucial tax break for the LNG sector put in place by the former Conservative government.
Conducted in partnership with Business in Vancouver, the online survey showed pushing for LNG development now has the support of only 33 per cent of those polled and over the past two years those who view negatively the government performance on this file have jumped from 35 to 47 per cent.
However, it should come as no surprise that group does not include Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies Conservative MP, Bob Zimmer — and he was among those relieved to hear the LNG tax break news following this week’s first minister’s meeting.
There had been concern associated with campaign suggestions a Liberal government would phase out all oil and gas industry subsidies, and Mr. Zimmer paid tribute to both Mr. Trudeau, and the Provincial Natural Gas Development Minister, suggesting the latter was out in front of this issue.
Meantime, the Premier says the reason the federal Liberals favor not changing the Capital Cost Allowance for LNG can be traced directly to their position on climate change, and she touched on it again this week, when taking part in the Site-C main civil works contract ceremonies.