“…complicit in a complex web of legal, administrative and political strategies designed to forward a multi-billion dollar infrastructure development program to enrich the largest most profitable companies on earth at the expense of our Province’s autonomy, economy and environment…”
Does this describe BC’s Liberal government serving the people who elected it? Yes, if the people managing and funding a political party deserve its service and primary attention.
Kevin Logan is writing a series at The Common Sense Canadian. Please don’t miss it:
- The Myth of BC Liberal ‘Neutrality’ on Enbridge
- BC Liberals Disguised Oil and Gas Support with Fake Green Label
Part of the infrastructure program described by Logan is to be served by planned expansion of BC Hydro’s power capacity. Even the provincial utility admits that much of the next decade’s new capacity will flow to large scale industrial projects, most in the oil and gas sectors.
Those include LNG facilities that will allow mostly foreign owned gas producers to earn higher prices exporting British Columbia’s non renewable hydrocarbon resources to Asia. The energy export business is the single most significant reason for now developing Site C dam on the Peace River. LNG producers don’t want to make their own power, they want BC Hydro consumers to provide it, and subsidize its provision.
Decades ago, the provincial utility was an important part of job creation in BC. However, when pulp, paper and sawlog mills operated, they gave back jobs in return, regular jobs, good jobs. Not a few, but many. Industry today employs more microcircuits than humans so the public subsidy equation needs adjustment. Right?
The Liberal policy determines that BC’s domestic power consumers today will pay much more for electricity so that multinational oil companies, highly attuned to exports, can empty provincial hydrocarbon energy reserves, earn high profits and send that cash out of province as well.
That way, when our grandchildren ask why British Columbia had to become importers of gas and oil resources, they can hear that it didn’t happen by accident. Grandma and grandpa even paid for the privilege while Premier Photo-Op’s “advisors” – like Gwyn Morgan and Pat Kinsella – watched with smiles on their faces.