NEWS RELEASE · 19th September 2011
BC Conservative Party
The centre piece of Liberal Premier Christy Clark's jobs agenda is more style over substance.
The premier announced $15 million toward a rail line on Ridley Island for the Canpotex Potash Terminal which has not yet passed its environmental assessment and not surprisingly has not announced a deal with local native bands.
Canpotex Terminals Limited's proposed project consists of the construction and operation of a new potash export terminal on Ridley Island in the port of Prince Rupert, BC. To move forward, Canpotex's plans must comply with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, with includes approval of environmental standards as well as completed negotiations with local native bands. Canpotex has been negotiating with the local native bands for years without result.
"The $15 million is not being advanced in the interest of jobs, it is to sweeten the pot for Canpotex to cut a deal with the natives regarding the export terminal. Why else would Premier Clark contribute millions of taxpayers' dollars to a project that has not yet been approved?"
"The usual Liberal policy of giving natives a veto on new projects has got to end," continued Mr. Cummins, "Projects that are in the best interest of British Columbians must not be held hostage by special interest groups."
A new BC Conservative government would make sure that no one community has veto power; development of crown land should be managed for the benefit of all British Columbians.