FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The next B.C. election is still a year and half away, but Premier Christy Clark is already starting to qualify her hitherto bullish presentation of the Liquefied Natural Gas file.
That’s part of her latest response to questions about the development of the B.C. LNG industry, which has been long on lofty government economic and climate change superlatives, but short on final investment decisions regarding any of the twenty project proposals.
In the run-up to the last election in 2013, the Premier promised over 100,000 LNG jobs, $1 trillion in economic activity, a prosperity fund with $100 billion over thirty years, and, three LNG plants by 2020.
However, like everybody else, she’s still waiting for any one of the aforementioned long list of plant proponents to actually commit to putting shovels in the ground.
Getting back to the election, the Premier says the province is considering tax cuts among other options due to financial dividends brought on by a strong overall provincial economy — but, she also says it won’t be a pre-election spending spree, even though the government expects money will be available in the coming year.
In a year end interview, she also declined to reveal whether she has any immediate plans to shuffle her cabinet again, but did suggest it could happen before the May 2017 election campaign.
Listen to her full interview with CKNW’s Shane Woodford below: