Letter to the Editor: NDP do not support B.C. LNG industry

This is in response to the opinion piece written by NDP MLA Jennifer Rice titled “Guest View: Empty promises are disappointing, dangerous”

Editor:

This letter is in response to the opinion piece written by NDP MLA Jennifer Rice titled “Guest View: Empty promises are disappointing, dangerous” that was published on October 13 online. There are several inconsistencies that I would like to point out.

It is hypocritical and disingenuous for any NDP MLA to utter the words “New Democrats have long supported the development of an LNG industry in B.C.”, but it is especially ridiculous to hear that come from Jennifer Rice who said “It’s a bad deal for my community and a bad deal for B.C., so I oppose this” when discussing this Pacific Northwest LNG Project in the Legislature back in 2015.

Other current NDP MLA’s have further illustrated how they really feel about LNG in B.C: Gary Holman stated on Twitter that the “BC NDP say no to Petronas LNG project” and Spencer Chandra Herbert said on Facebook that “we’re here in the legislature to say no – this deal is bad for B.C., and should not pass.”

BC NDP Leader John Horgan also thinks that LNG in B.C. is not worth supporting, he made that abundantly clear when he said “I would stop spending all my time talking about an industry that’s going nowhere”(CHEK, Dec 30/15).

What we know is that the Pacific NorthWest LNG project represents up to $36 billion in new investments, thousands of jobs and an unprecedented economic opportunity for British Columbians. Only our BC Liberal government can be counted on to consistently support LNG, and to continue to put British Columbians first.

John Rustad

MLA for Nechako Lakes