FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In an article posted by The Province, the BC government apparently has no issues with the conditions of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, but they also won’t offer a better deal on taxes just so the facility can be built.
The project is now waiting for a decision from Petronas.
An agreement has already been signed but Clark says that they won’t re-open the agreement just to lower taxes and drive down the costs for Petronas to build the facility.
She also said it is now just waiting for the company and customers to come to a decision as well as watching the markets to see what they do.
The BC government gave their stance on the position after Conservative MP’s said that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government were placing conditions on the project, that could potentially kill it.
Conservative interim leader, Rona Ambrose, said that it was a step forward when the Liberal government approved the project, but that bringing it down with all the extra conditions, is a step backwards.
Local MP Bob Zimmer also said that the Federal government was putting a “poison pill” into the project with the issue on limits of carbon emissions.
Zimmer asked why the Liberals would make it so energy workers that don’t have work, wouldn’t be able to get back to work. Zimmer called the conditions “impossible” to be met for the project.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Minister of Environment, Catherine McKenna, said the Liberal government’s stance is justified to show Canadians that Ottawa is taking a cautious approach to environment and economic development issues.
BC Environment Minister Mary Polak also backed that statement, saying that there is nothing in the conditions set by the Liberal government that causes concern for them about the project. Polak made the comments in an interview with Postmedia.
Original story by Bob Shaw and Peter O’Neil from The Province can be found here.