Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in British Columbia

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in British Columbia

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What's making news in British Columbia

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SITE C DAM POSES ECONOMIC RISKS: GREEN LEADER

Green Leader Andrew Weaver has responded to a letter from Premier Christy Clark that warns delaying work on the Site C project in northeast B.C. could cost taxpayers $600 million.

An agreement between the NDP and Green party that would allow the New Democrats to form a minority government includes a promise to refer the project to the B.C. Utilities Commission to determine its economic viability.

Clark sent letters to Weaver and NDP Leader John Horgan, warning them against delaying a river diversion connected to the $8.6-billion hydroelectric dam.

Weaver responded by saying he's disappointed in the way Clark's government has proceeded with a project that he said could pose massive economic risks to British Columbians.

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B.C. BUSINESS COUNCIL APPLAUDS NDP, GREEN MANIFESTO

Leaders of business and labour groups in B.C. have been busy with similar reading material lately.

They've been poring over the New Democrat and Green party manifesto, which outlines the ambitious policies of a likely minority government in the province.

The 10-page document was signed last week by NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver.

Greg D'Avignon of the B.C. Business Council said he supports plans for an emerging economy task force and an innovation commission while the B.C. Federation of Labour's Irene Lanzinger has applauded a plan to raise the minimum wage.

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OTTAWA AFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR TRANS MOUNTAIN EXPANSION

All but two Liberal MP's have voted for an opposition motion to back Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, even as B.C.'s political turmoil continues to threaten the project.

The motion by Conservative MP Mark Strahl affirming that the project should proceed as planned passed by a vote of 252 to 51.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved the project to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, and Premier Christy Clark added her support in January after her party's five conditions were met.

But an agreement between B.C.'s New Democrats and Greens to work together to form government includes a plan to oppose the Trans Mountain expansion, and the deal means Clark could soon lose her hold on power. …

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