When the NDP and Premier Horgan were thrust into power by the BC Green Party, the massive $36 billion Pacific Northwest LNG project (backed by a consortium of companies including Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas), was cancelled.
Shortly after the cancellation, we filed a Freedom of Information request asking for:
Copies of all documents including e-mails, text or Instant messages, media lines, etc., regarding the announcement by Petronas of the ending of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
Watch as I show you what we discovered in these exclusive government documents.
It becomes clear that Energy Minister Michelle Mungall knew this would have been the biggest investment in BC history, and that Pacific Northwest LNG had already spent over $1 billion before the cancellation.
Not surprisingly, the NDP were desperate to find people who would validate their claim that it was "industry conditions" that led to the cancellation, and not the government or regulatory uncertainty.
Even worse, there were twenty-five First Nations bands that were already benefiting from agreements they had signed with Pacific Northwest LNG to the tune of $13 million, and no doubt, they were looking forward to future benefits.
This aspect of the cancellation is rarely mentioned in the media or by this NDP government.
They’re busy embracing the demands of vocal First Nations activists and vowing to hold up the controversial UN declaration of the rights of indigenous persons as the law of the land in BC rather than supporting projects that could directly benefit bands in the most remote parts of the province.
This is truly a shame, because there is no place in BC that could use the benefit of economic development from LNG more than remote northern First Nations communities.