Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan speaks at his first caucus meeting as leader Monday.

Horgan holds course on resource projects

B.C. doesn't currently need the Site C dam, and it does need a study of the impact of fracking, NDP leader says

VICTORIA – B.C. doesn’t currently need a third dam on the Peace River, and it does need a comprehensive study of the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction.

John Horgan staked out those positions Monday, his first day at the legislature since being acclaimed leader of the B.C. NDP, saying he has been consistent on both since before last year’s election.

On the proposal by Kinder Morgan Canada to twin its oil pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby that former leader Adrian Dix suddenly opposed during the 2013 campaign, Horgan said it’s clear to him that people in Vancouver and Burnaby don’t want it. The same goes for his own constituents along the Strait of Juan de Fuca who are concerned about a big increase in tanker traffic, he said.

But he will wait for the current federal review process to be completed before making a decision whether to support or oppose it, Horgan said.

He also responded to Jobs Minister Shirley Bond’s challenge in Monday’s question period that the NDP find some economic development project it can say yes to.

“I said yes to Mount Milligan, I said yes to Red Chris,” Horgan said, referring to two northern copper mines proposed while the NDP was in government. “I said yes to expanding the Oil and Gas Commission when it was first developed in the 1990s. I believe that we can have a balanced approach to economic development and resource development in particular.”

Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman rejected suggestions of hydraulic fracturing risk to groundwater before leaving last week with Premier Christy Clark for their latest liquefied natural gas sales trip to Asia.

Coleman said the industry has a spotless track record after 50 years of cementing and casing gas wells to protect water while drilling far below to extract gas from shale formations.

Since winning the leadership by default after his only rival, Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth, dropped out, Horgan has stressed the need to reach out to resource communities and blue-collar workers alienated by the party’s environmental positions.

Horgan said he will travel extensively as leader to build support for the party, preparing it to win back support and form an NDP government in 2017.

 

Just Posted

Animals scared but unharmed after break-in at Parksville SPCA branch

Police investigating, facility closed temporarily

Qualicum Beach dragon boating team looks for new members

Team Hot Flash was formed last year and is gearing up for second season

$3.5M all-season turf field planned for Qualicum Beach

Town seeks grant for community playing surface upgrades

Car theft suspect arrested in Coombs

Vehicle and two motorcyles recovered on Jan. 16

Qualicum Beach council big on support for multi-use cinema proposal

Society asks for 10,000 square feet, gets recommendation to consider with strategic plan

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

High court ruling allows long-term expats to vote in byelections across Canada

Supreme Court decision enfranchised an estimated one million or more Canadian expats to be able to vote

B.C. university students dumpster dive to shed light on food waste

Eating only from dumpsters, the students hope to raise money for food banks in Northern Canada

B.C. woman posts to Facebook after she and nephew reported missing for days

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

Company issues lifetime ban after man jumps from cruise ship

Nick Naydev posted the video last week showing him standing on the balcony of the Symphony of the Seas

The debate over how to teach math in B.C.

Tutoring businesses growing with concerns

Unruly passenger forces B.C.-bound flight to divert to Calgary

Police say charges are pending against a woman in her 40s

Telegraph Cove Resort one of many venues to featured at Hitched wedding fair

Black Press Media’s annual Hitched Wedding and Events Affair is Sunday, Jan. 27, in Courtenay

Inflation rises as higher airfares, veggie prices offset cheaper gas

Statistics Canada says inflation accelerated to two per cent in December

Most Read