British Columbians deserve better than the premier’s four years of broken LNG promises

This week marks the four-year anniversary of Christy Clark’s broken LNG promises.

In September 2011, the premier began promising that LNG would bring a windfall of jobs and riches to the province and that an LNG plant would be up-and-running by 2015.

Christy Clark Promise: “At least one LNG pipeline and terminal online by 2015 and have three in operation by 2020” (B.C. Jobs Plan, September 2011)

Fact: Since then, not one single LNG plant has been built in British Columbia and not one single proposal has reached a final investment decision. Christy Clark’s only accomplishment on LNG has been to sign a project development agreement with Petronas that locks in low tax rates for 25-years.

Christy Clark Election Promise: The premier said “It’s No fantasy,” claiming the plants promised in 2011 “mean 39,000 jobs to British Columbia during construction with another 75,000 full time jobs created once in operation.” (BC Liberal Party 2013 Platform)

Fact: The Petronas LNG project development agreement does not guarantee a single job for British Columbians, unlike similar agreements signed in Australia, which require local hires. Petronas has also told the government they plan to use up to 70 per cent temporary foreign workers.  The government still signed the development agreement.

“When it comes time to delivering on her promises, it’s becoming more and more obvious that Christy Clark is just not there for British Columbians,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan. “The premier is 100,000 jobs short of her 100,000 job promise. People deserve better.”