LNG Canada Official Overwhelmed by Prince George Forum

John Crawford

An LNG Canada official says the energy and enthusiasm at the 16th annual Natural Resources Forum, which got underway Wednesday in Prince George, is  overwhelming.

Susannah Pierce is attending the gathering, and says the enthusiasm was underscored today by a truck rally in support of resource communities, which took place to coincide with the start of the forum.

"It's, I think, a real recognition of how important natural resources are to this province and how important they are to this country -- and as I sit here and I look out and see the big truck rally coming forward, and I see the number of First Nations coming together and speak about the importance of natural resources, I think that needs to be recognized not only in the north, but certainly in other parts of the province, and I wish everybody could be here right now because they'd see how important this is to just the guys that want to have the ability to put food on the table for their children," she said.
Pierce says while protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline project have gotten a lot of media attention lately, supporters of the project have been more occupied with actually drawing benefits -- including employment and business opportunities.

"I think over time, the reality will come out of what the real issues are, but then also I think people will realize that the collective and much bigger good is for all of those nations who have indicated support, that they want these projects to proceed, that their voices will begin to be heard because their voices will begin to be seen as the result of the jobs that they're doing on site," said Pierce.


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