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BCBC Statement on Provincial Government Decision to Complete Site C

Greg D’Avignon, President and CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia released the following statement in response to the Provincial Government’s decision to move forward with the completion of Site C: 

“We wish to recognize Premier Horgan and his cabinet colleagues for their decision today to proceed with the completion of the Site C dam. Once operational, this generational asset will provide clean, firm power within a basket of renewable assets that will support our province’s growing low-carbon commodity and energy exports in a world hungry for what BC produces. This is the right decision for British Columbia and Canada’s energy and climate future. 

“B.C.'s clean, renewable electricity advantage affords us the opportunity to support neighbouring jurisdictions as they move away from coal as a primary source of electricity. In addition, we can continue to diversify our economy and be a more attractive location for new, innovative businesses that aspire to reduce the carbon footprint of their operations and products. B.C.’s renewable electricity advantage will also support electrification transition opportunities at existing industry operations, further reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

“Today’s announcement provides certainty to Site C project contractors and workers.  This decision also signals that British Columbia can provide investors the certainty of process that is essential to our reputation as a welcome jurisdiction for capital.  B.C. must now turn its attention to improving our overall competitiveness; this focus will grow the economy, support the creation of high paying jobs and provide the public services British Columbians rely upon."

For more details on the Business Council’s position on the Site C dam, read Greg D’Avignon’s November 30 commentary Site C will be a strategic asset for a growing economy in the fight against climate change.


Cheryl Maitland Muir