Strong support for Northern Gateway Pipeline project voiced in BC Conservatives' issue/policy paper
An issue/policy paper released today by the BC Conservatives states that the party "is strongly in favour" of the Northern Gateway Pipeline project. The paper is available here
Written by the BC Conservatives' Public Finance Committee, the paper calls for a "fresh look" at the provincial economy, which, under the BC Liberals' failed Jobs Plan, is seeing "a net outflow of young families from B.C. in search of good jobs."
British Columbia, the paper further states, "doesn't just have a loss-of-jobs problem; we have a loss-of-high-pay-jobs problem."
The Northern Gateway Pipeline is moves toward reversing this trend. Specifically, the project represents "a start to opening up the north so B.C. can reach our full economic potential and keep our young people at home."
The paper provides an in-depth look at global and Canadian oil production, alternate energy sources, the economic benefits that will accrue to both Canada and British Columbia should the Northern Gateway be completed, as well as environmental factors and an examination of pipeline and marine safety measures.
"The policies that the BC Conservatives will introduce during the up-coming election campaign are designed to create the wealth we need to cut taxes and attract industrial development that will create high-pay, high-skill jobs," said Scott Anderson, chair of the Public Finance Committee and candidate in Vernon-Monashee.
"The Northern Gateway Pipeline project is a first step to keeping our young people at home and restoring British Columbia as the prosperous province it once was."