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REPORTING · 2nd March 2010
Merv Ritchie
Today the BC Government will be reading the budget document for the public. It is the virtual re-opening of the Legislature in Victoria, which was suspended for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The Throne Speech was read by Steven Point on February 9th just prior to the closing of the doors.

Finance Minister Colin Hansen is scheduled to deliver the Budget Speech at approximately 2:45 pm. It can be watched online HERE.

Over the past few months, extending back to before the Galore Creek Gold Mine was shut down, the BC Government has been announcing their approval of, and commitment to, the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL).

As recently as during the Northern Development Initiatives Conference in Victoria in January, Government Ministers were repeating, to all who would listen, they were committed to building the NTL. Mayor David Pernarowski told Council on January 25th he was even asked by Minister Blair Lekstrom to 'Spread the word'.

With the recent closure of the Eurocan Pulp Mill in Kitimat and the significant economic hardships suffered in the Northwest over the last decade and more, many are waiting to hear the words of commitment and money from Minister Hansen.

Kitimat has been engaged in serious budget deliberations last week and through Saturday, stopping at a 19.99% proposed tax increase. These debates were covered by Walter McFarlane at the Kitimat Daily and the details of the deliberations, the humour and the consternation, can be read HERE.