Rupert joins benefits alliance

The City of Prince Rupert has agreed, in principle, to join the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance.

The City of Prince Rupert has agreed, in principle, to join the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance.

Council voted at an in-camera meeting on Jan. 12 to sign a confidential memorandum of understanding “subject to further governance discussions” that will see them join an alliance that includes Terrace, Kitimat and the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District. The goal of the alliance is to present a united front to the provincial and federal governments when it comes to ensuring a fair share for northwest municipalities as liquefied natural gas exports and other resource-based industries turn their eyes to the region.

“There will be a potential of $16-32 billion dollars of new revenue available to the province through LNG and other industries in Northwest B.C., and the RBA is designed to negotiate as a collective voice with the B.C. government to receive a fair distribution of those resources” said Mayor Lee Brain.

“At this stage, Council feels it to be a low risk to join the RBA, and it also does not limit our ability to negotiate taxation agreements directly with potential LNG companies here in Prince Rupert.”