It's a Go! LNG Canada Given the Green Light to Proceed

John Crawford

There was jubilation in Kitimat -- and across the northwest -- this morning.

[PHOTO:   From LNG Canada Facebook Page]

After years of speculation and hoping -- and then a temporary stepback in 2016 -- LNG Canada's Joint Venture Partners announced the massive 40-billion-dollar Kitimat project and connecting Coastal GasLink pipeline are a go -- with construction to begin as soon as possible.

LNG-Canada-annct-Justin-Trudeau.jpgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan were on hand at this morning's announcement in Vancouver, along with Kitimat Mayor Phil Germuth, who all made the same point -- that the project represents the single largest private-sector investment in the history of Canada.

Haisla Chief Councillor Crystal Smith was also in attendance, as well as former chief councillor and now Liberal MLA Ellis Ross.

Smith saluted LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz and External Relations Director Susannah Pierce as she celebrated the announcement alongside Germuth.

[PHOTO: Haisla Chief Councillor Crystal Smith, Kitimat Mayor Phil Germuth -- LNG Canada Project a go (Courtesy: LNG Canada)]

"The time is now -- congratulations Andy, Susannah and the entire LNG Canada team -- I applaud your leadership, you both have guided your team and you both have been instrumental part in blazing a path of how major project development and First Nations communities can come together to create hope and opportunities for generations."

Not everyone was happy however -- Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver said he was deeply disappointed by what he called an NDP tax giveaway -- and said the project will be Canada's single biggest source of emissions.

He said the three Green MLA's will NOT support the project and that the NDP will have to work with the BC Liberals to proceed.

But Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson called it a great day for British Columbia, while former Premier Christy Clark called today  the single best day of her professional life -- and she saluted former minister Rich Coleman and Ellis Ross, BC's civil servants -- and even the NDP government.

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