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Business in Vancouver: You now own a pipeline – here’s what you need to know about it
Greg D’Avignon, president of the Business Council of British Columbia, agreed, saying controversy over the pipeline “has shone a light on what companies have known for years: Canada is too costly, too complex and takes too long to come to a decision and get things done.
“The system has broken down to the point where taxpayer dollars are required to complete major infrastructure projects that support our collective prosperity when there have been willing private-sector, taxpaying investors.”
Bloomberg: Trudeau’s Pipeline Takeover Is a Bittersweet Win for Oil Sands
The fact that Trans Mountain needed tax payers to purchase the project has exposed “fundamental flaws” in Canada’s regulatory system, the Business Council of British Columbia said in a release.
BNN Bloomberg: Canada’s pipeline purchase won't quell foes but may disable them
That said, if it takes federal ownership to construct a project that Kinder Morgan was unable to do, that may be sign of a broader failure in Canada -- not a win.
“Our regulatory processes are fundamentally broken,” the Business Council of British Columbia said in a statement. “The need for federal tax payers to purchase this project have exposed fundamental flaws in the regulatory systems at all levels of government.”
Business in Vanvouver: Business, government, First Nations and environment leaders react to feds buying Trans Mountain pipeline
Greg D’Avignon, president and CEO, Business Council of British Columbia:
“This whole exercise has shone a light on what companies have known for years: Canada is too costly, too complex and takes too long to come to a decision and get things done. The system has broken down to the point where taxpayer dollars are required to complete major infrastructure projects that support our collective prosperity when there have been willing private sector, tax-paying investors. This is no way to operate in a globally competitive world and expect to maintain our quality of life.”
Seattle Times: Businesses see opportunities in new Seattle to Vancouver seaplane service
“The movement of people, ideas and capital between Seattle and Vancouver happens every day,” says Greg D’Avignon, president and CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia. A new daily seaplane service between Lake Union and Vancouver’s Coal Harbour operated by Kenmore Air and Canada’s Harbour Air can iron out some of the potential travel hazards, D’Avignon says. “The service will be a more efficient means of linking our economies.”
Business Examiner: The Word Of The Month is Coalition
Meanwhile Greg D’Avignon, President and CEO, Business Council of British Columbia, said “This is no longer about a pipeline, it’s about stability, our faith in democracy, the rule of law and confidence in our country.” Is Canada one country or thirteen?
The Province: Ceremonies held across B.C. to mourn workers killed on the job
Greg D’Avignon, president and CEO of the Business Council of B.C., called for employers and workers to practise mindfulness and preparedness before the start of each shift; promote mental and physical wellness in the workplace; discourage bravado, shortcuts and risk-taking that increase the risk of injury or death; and ask themselves, “Is this the safest way to complete the task?”
Global News: Olympic cauldron lit for Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job
“They all have the right to a safe workplace and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that is provided each and every day,” added Greg D’Avignon, president and CEO, Business Council of B.C. (BCBC).
This year marks the 21st year WorkSafeBC, the BCBC and the BC Federation of Labour have come together to hold a ceremony for the Day of Mourning in Vancouver.
Business in Vancouver: Harbour Air partnership launches Vancouver-Seattle floatplane flights
British Columbia Business Council CEO Greg D’Avignon, who was waiting to welcome that flight at the dock in Vancouver, told BIV that he is excited about the opportunities that arise from non-stop floatplane flights that take less than one hour to shuttle passengers between the two Cascadia cities.
Not only has Harbour Air been shifting to provide more flights to the tourism sector, but D'Avignon said that the flights will appeal to a wide range of business passengers, and not just those from big-name technology companies, such as Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT) and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN).
“There are hundreds and hundreds of companies that do business right now in the corridor that nobody knows anything about,” he said.
“Boeing has 400 people here in their IofT [internet of things] business and jet aircraft engines. There are companies in technology, capital markets, infrastructure, transportation, environmental services, forestry and Asia trade.”
Globe and Mail: Running on empty: Foreign shipments of fuel to B.C. would ease pain of Alberta cuts to energy exports
Jock Finlayson, economist for the Business Council of British Columbia, said in an e-mail on Tuesday that a spike in gasoline prices would slightly dampen consumer spending and raise operating costs for many businesses, but this would not trigger a sharp economic downturn on its own.
“There’s always unintended consequences when you have a trade war,” Mr. D’Avignon said of the impact that could be felt in both B.C. and Alberta. “There’s the increased price of goods, everything from produce to clothing over the course of time.”
The GDP impact of higher prices is hard to exactly quantify, Mr. D’Avignon said, and the business council has not done the analysis yet. But Mr. D’Avignon said an array of negative factors could include a decline in the Canadian dollar as foreign investors sidestep Canada because of the political fights and perceived instability. “It just doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Mr. D’Avignon said of the escalating tensions between B.C. and Alberta.
CTV News: Move to cut energy shipments expected to hit more than B.C. fuel prices
Economic damage will extend far beyond the fuel budgets of B.C. residents if Alberta passes and enacts a bill allowing it to restrict exports of oil, natural gas and refined fuels to the province as part of its ongoing pipeline dispute, observers say.
The Bill 12 legislation and the trade war escalation it might spark would damage Alberta and Canadian businesses and citizens as well as those in British Columbia, warned Greg D'Avignon, CEO of the Business Council of B.C.
“By punishing British Columbia because of the actions of the government of the day - while it might feel good and I completely understand it - it actually has consequences people aren't thinking about for the citizens of Alberta and our country as a whole,” he said Tuesday.Also published by
Toronto City News.
Bloomberg: Oil Cutoff Threatened as Canadian Provinces Battle Over Pipeline
A halt to energy shipments would have ripple effects across both provinces. Drivers could face gasoline shortages and soaring prices in B.C., while Canada’s second-busiest airport in Vancouver would face higher jet fuel costs. Alberta’s energy producers would also suffer, losing a key market for their crude and refined products.
“The economies of B.C. and Alberta are arguably the most interdependent of any two provinces in Canada," said Ken Peacock, the chief economist at the Business Council of British Columbia, in a report last year.
CBC: UBC law professor questions Ottawa's jurisdiction on planned pipeline expansion
Not everyone had congratulatory words for Horgan. The head of the B.C Business Council says Horgan's anti-pipeline stance has created "a crisis of confidence," saying investors are giving up on B.C. and heading to other jurisdictions.
Lawsuits before courts
"He [Horgan] has destabilized the ability in B.C. and in Canada for a small business or a large project to invest with any confidence," says Greg D'Avignon, the CEO of the B.C Business Council.
Debate Report: Trudeau travels to Peru first before tackling issue at home
Groups like the B.C. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council of British Columbia say business confidence is being shaken because of rising tensions on either side of the Rocky Mountains.
“We’re here today because the organizations and individuals in communities and businesses across this country believe we are at a point or crisis of confidence in Canada. A crisis that needs leadership and immediate attention to resolve,” said Greg D’Avignon, the president and CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia when those 70-plus business leaders met to talk about the dispute….without Trudeau, of course. “This is no longer about a pipeline, but a referendum to see if you can rely on government process, regulations and the rule of law with any degree of confidence if you choose to invest, create jobs and prosperity in British Columbia and our country.”
The Star Vancouver: B.C. politics experts debate if pipeline feud really a ‘constitutional crisis’
“It’s no longer about one project,” Business Council of British Columbia CEO Greg D’Avignon told StarMetro in a phone interview. “It’s about stability, our faith in democracy, the rule of law and confidence in our country.
“After a democratic decision has been made saying, ‘We don’t recognize that democratic decision’ is fundamentally at odds with how we operate as a country … It’s not how our country has worked for 150 years.”
D’Avignon was one of dozens of business leaders who issued a scathing letter Thursday demanding prime minister Justin Trudeau intervene when he meets with Horgan and Alberta premier Rachel Notley on Sunday for emergency talks.
Business in Vancouver: Chambers to Trudeau: fix Canada’s confidence crisis
“This is no longer about a pipeline,” said Greg D’Avignon, president of the Business Council of British Columbia. “It’s about stability, our faith in democracy, the rule of law and confidence in our country.”
“It is a moment in time that the global and local investors in the business community are watching and this can have lasting consequences to our reputation and our country if not resolved.”
Also published by the Dawson Creek Mirror.
CBC: B.C. business leaders announce campaign in support of Trans Mountain pipeline
Representatives of industry associations met in Vancouver on Thursday morning to announce plans for a campaign supporting the completion of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
The assembled business leaders said they believe that Canada's reputation as a safe place to invest is at risk if Kinder Morgan's plans for the pipeline aren't allowed to proceed.
"We're at a point of crisis of confidence in Canada, a crisis that needs leadership and immediate attention to resolve," Greg D'Avignon, president and CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia, told reporters.
The group have written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, urging them to take action to make sure the pipeline expansion is completed.
The Daily Hive: Business Council of BC pledges support for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project
Saying the issue “is no longer about a pipeline project or whether one supports or opposes the legal movement of energy in Canada,” BC business representatives held a conference on Thursday to officially pledge their support of seeing the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project completed.
BC’s decision to “prolong a process that rendered a verdict two years ago and move the regulatory finish line by imposing new barriers that would undercut its potential, threatens the credibility of our country’s regulatory and project approvals systems and, by extension, the foundation of our federation,” said Greg D’Avignon, President and CEO of the Business Council of BC (BCBC).“Provoked by the BC government’s continued position, this is a referendum on whether British Columbia is open to investment and whether a legal enterprise can, with any confidence, invest, build and operate a business within the province and the country,” he added. “The political rhetoric must stop now.”
Globe and Mail: Trudeau, Notley and Horgan to hold Trans Mountain summit
At a news conference in Vancouver, business leaders and other supporters of Kinder Morgan’s project said they are worried about “confidence in Canada” declining.
The group warned Mr. Trudeau in an open letter sent on Thursday that the Trans Mountain impasse “threatens to provoke a crisis of confidence in Canada’s regulatory processes with far-reaching implications which go well beyond this project.”
Greg D’Avignon, chief executive officer of the Business Council of British Columbia, signed the letter along with dozens of leaders from a wide range of industries and communities.
Calgary Herald: Crisis, what crisis? Businesses fear fallout as pipeline clock ticks
On the west coast, the same sentiment prevails within the business community, which wants to see a concerted federal push to get Trans Mountain finished.
“This is no longer about a pipeline project, it’s about whether or not you can invest with confidence in any business in B.C. or frankly in Canada,” said Greg D’Avignon, president of the Business Council of British Columbia.
"This, in my m ind, is a real crisis of leadership for the country."