FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association launched a poster campaign in Fort St. John today to show public support for the Site C dam project.
The ICBA’s president Chris Gardner and regional vice president Mike Davis came to Fort St. John today to launch the campaign, along with Northern Rep. Art Jarvis, and board members Dave Wallace and Dave Turchanski.
“B.C. is staring down the prospect of an NDP government and their politics of saying no to responsible resource development projects like Site C,” said Chris Gardner, ICBA President. “Unfortunately, it will be workers, local suppliers, and families in towns like Fort St. John that bear the brunt of the NDP’s poor decisions.”
The ICBA launched its #Get2Yes on Site C campaign at BC Hydro’s headquarters on June 8th, where they displayed 2,252 Site C pink slips to illustrate how many people are working on the dam site. That followed with a plane towing a pro-Site C banner over the B.C. Legislature during the Throne Speech on June 22.
“The people who live closest to Site C voted overwhelmingly for the BC Liberals and their agenda of supporting a strong construction sector in B.C.,” said Davis. “Now we have two politicians – John Horgan and Andrew Weaver – who live 1,282 km away ready to fire thousands of Site C workers. It’s not right, and the public knows it.”
“After nine judicial reviews upholding Site C, it should come as no surprise that the Supreme Court approves of the consultation, planning and regulatory work done by BC Hydro,” added Gardner. “The forces of ‘no’ have tried everything to stop this project, but it must go forward for B.C.’s future economic and energy needs.”
“We are going to keep pleading the case across B.C. for Site C’s workers and the clean energy the dam will produce for generations. The 41 NDP and 3 Green MLAs need to be held accountable for the way they demean the men and women in construction when they call Site C jobs ‘temporary’ or ‘part of yesterday’s economy.’ This is a real project and these are real jobs and real families who are helping build our province every day they get up and go to work.”
The ICBA’s pro-Site C poster comprised the front page of this week’s edition of the Alaska Highway News, which was delivered to nearly 12,000 homes and businesses in and around Fort St. John. In the coming weeks, ICBA says that it will hold more #Get2Yes on Site C campaign events in Victoria and Dawson Creek.