In 2009, the Vancouver Sun reported that BC Liberals intended to build:
an electricity export industry unparalleled in B.C.’s 30-year history of power sales to the U.S.
Gordon Campbell was telling Americans:
We want British Columbia to become a leading North American supplier of clean, reliable, low-carbon electricity.
Immediately, the Liberal chorus began.
The Business Council of British Columbia published an 80-page report — sponsored by Plutonic Power Corporation, an obviously biased IPP — that urged the province to build transmission infrastructure and shape policies to take advantage of “growing export opportunities to the United Sates.”
Black Press polemicist Tom Fletcher lauded Gordon Campbell’s “long-term strategy to export hydroelectric power” and he called John Horgan the champion of doomsayers. Fletcher wrote of “evidence that current NDP energy policy is nonsense.”
How fortunate that British Columbia had a government determined to spend big dollars to increase exports to American markets for electricity. Lucky too that Liberals had the full support of business leaders and a courageous corporate press willing to stand with the government and call out naysayers who thought it was a mistake to commit tens of billions more to insure private power producers against business risks.
However, some of those same timid obstructionists might now be asking how BC Liberals’ “unparalleled” plans for power sales to the USA are working out. Since Tom Fletcher and his colleagues in the Legislative Press Gallery might be too busy to mention the subject, I reviewed electricity export figures collected by Statistics Canada.
Here’s a comparison of the last five years (2009-2013) under BC Liberals to the final five years (1996-2000) of government by those anti-business, anti-commerce New Democrats.
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