It’s time the NDP took a clear and unequivocal position on whether they support clean power and the construction of Site C, instead of consistently dancing around the issue.

“For a very long time, the NDP and John Horgan have been unwilling to articulate a coherent and consistent plan,” says Energy Minister Bill Bennett and MLA for Kootenay East. “Leadership means taking a clear position, to say we’re going to grow British Columbia and we’re going to do it together. Premier Christy Clark has shown that leadership; John Horgan simply hasn’t done that.”

Construction of Site C will provide British Columbia with affordable, reliable clean power for over 100 years – the backbone of the province’s diverse, growing economy. And it will create thousands of good-paying, family-supporting jobs.

“What’s so hard about supporting that?” said Bennett.

Today, BC Hydro signed an agreement with the BC Building Trades Council to bring greater labour stability and ensure the largest publicly-financed project in the province’s history is built by non-union, union, and aboriginal companies.

“John Horgan and the NDP like to pretend they’ve got a new face and new ideas, but they’re the same old kneejerk No Development Party,” says Bennett. “Instead of saying yes to economic development, instead of saying yes to thousands of jobs for British Columbians – they continue to do the Site C Shuffle.”

“We very clearly said yes and that’s the difference between us. We make decisions and stand behind them.”

As well, Green MLA Andrew Weaver said yesterday on social media: “I’d like to get a firm position from BC NDP on Site C.”

Backgrounder:

For:

  • “I was a proponent and an advocate for Site C when I worked in government, talking to the engineers and the forecasters at Hydro. It made a lot of sense.”

– John Horgan, Voice of BC, July 3, 2008

  • “I was an ardent supporter of Site C. On paper it’s certainly the next best project.”

– John Horgan, Vancouver Sun, December 7, 2013
Against:

  • “I don’t believe we need the energy from Site C at this time.”

– John Horgan, CKNW, March 20, 2009

  • “I would not foreclose on Site C, but clearly we don’t need it in the foreseeable future.”

– John Horgan, Business Insider, May 7, 2013

  • “I don’t believe that right time [for Site C] is now.”

– John Horgan, SHAW, December 4, 2014

Having it both ways:

  • “I believe it’s [Site C is] a good project. I’ve always believed it’s a good project. But it’s a matter of timing. As with all things in life and in the economy.”

– John Horgan, SHAW, December 4, 2014

Admits He Flip Flopped:

  • “I’ve taken many positions on Site C. That’s right.”

– John Horgan, Shaw, June 7, 2012