Premier Christy Clark defends Site C


Premier Christy in Surrey to talk up the Liberal candidates at the office of Gurminder Singh Parihar (Surrey-Newton).
Photo by Vinnie Combow

THE largest infrastructure project in BC history might be built in the Northeast, but the economic benefits are already reaching across the province, says the BC Liberal Party.

Premier Christy Clark visited Foundex, one of the 275 businesses across the province benefiting from the Site C Clean Energy Project, in Surrey on Wednesday.

“Surrey may be a long way from Fort St. John, but they’re connected,” said Clark. “North and south, rural and urban – in B.C., we all need each other. Our province can only be successful if we succeed together.”

The largest clean energy infrastructure project under construction in North America, Site C will create thousands of jobs, contribute $3.2 billion to our economy, and generate 100 years of clean, affordable, and reliable power, Clark claimed. During construction, it means opportunity and jobs for businesses across the province, from Salmon Arm to Surrey and everywhere in between.

An employee-owned company with 59 employees and 40 years of history, Surrey-based Foundex has operations as far afield as Fort McMurray and Anchorage. At Site C, Foundex is providing specialized drilling equipment for geotechnical work.

Clark said that in the next 20 years, B.C.’s population is expected to grow by 1 million, and our need for power to grow by 40 per cent. Site C is the only way to reliably meet that need with green power.

She said only the BC Liberals have a plan to control spending, cut middle class taxes by $900 a year, and create jobs to secure a strong B.C. and bright future for our children and grandchildren. And only they will move forward and get Site C built.

She said the BC NDP and BC Greens would halt Site C, derailing the plans of hundreds of businesses large and small looking to grow, hire, and succeed with work from Site C. Their agenda would kill jobs, raise hydro rates, slam the brakes on economic growth – and leave B.C. families and businesses literally in the dark.