One would have thought democratic governments have a duty to look after the interests of all their citizens, even First Nations. Canada’s current Prime Minister initially promised the indigenous population a new deal. Justin Trudeau is quick to offer bail outs to oil corporations like Kinder Morgan, but the Feds neglected determining whether Site C violates Treaty 8.
By Roger Bryenton, P. Eng. (former), MBA, Dr. Eoin Finn, PhD. & Jef Keighley
While in opposition, the NDP party developed an energy strategy for BC, called “PowerBC”. It outlined a variety of options available and preferable to hydro-electric mega-projects such as Site C, in northeast BC, which will flood the Peace River valley, BC’s last untapped agricultural resource.
by Roger Bryenton, P. Eng.(former), MBA, Energy Systems Consultant; Erik Andersen, Economist; Peter Boulton;
& Bill Schram.
The Minister of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources, Michelle Mungall, recently admitted that BC Hydro is in a “Financial Mess”. With deferred debt and multiple regulatory accounts, contractual obligations for electricity from independent suppliers now reaching $50 Billion or more, would a prudent solution be to incur another $12 Billion for an unnecessary project? “NO”!!!
Premier John Horgan blamed the former Liberal Government last month, “They got to the point of no return … It wasn’t about public policy, it wasn’t about energy policy, it wasn’t about the best interests of British Columbians, it was about getting a project past the point of no return.” He approved the Site C Dam project anyway. In so doing, he joined the Canadian Government in sidestepping what may turn out to be the most crucial point in this debate. Should the BC & Canadian governments honour treaties?