Simons still strongly supports the government’s priorities and leadership. “They were aware of, and acknowledged, my opposition to the project’
A healthy party accepts divergent opinions, and despite disagreeing with the decision to proceed with Site C, I strongly support our government’s priorities and the leadership shown in so many areas, MLA Nicholas Simons (Powell River-Sunshine Coast) wrote in an email to The Coast Clarion. “They were aware of, and acknowledged my opposition to the project,”
“I believe we should have stopped the project for all the reasons I have enumerated over the past number of years; First Nations’ rights, the protection of agricultural land, the importance of the wildlife corridor, etc.”
But the government believed that stopping the project this far along was not in our collective best interest, he wrote. “My opinion, obviously shared by others, was well-known, but it did not win the day.
“I’m disappointed, but I know this was the result of our government being handed two bad options.
The Site C project was started under the Gordon Campbell Liberal government and pushed as far and as fast as possible under Christie Clark’s subsequent reckless leadership.
“Furthermore, despite the already existing First Nations rights issues, the permanent alienation of a large swath of good food growing land, the destruction of a wildlife corridor, heritage values, and families’ homes, the project was initially supported by professor Weaver.
“It was when costs added up, and future demand was questioned when our parties’ official views on the matter may have diverged. Obviously this was not part of our important Confidence and Supply Agreement.
“So the political ramifications of the decision could reflect on us or them or the Liberals; I’m sad for the valley and the region’s inhabitants, and our province in the long run,” Simons wrote to The Coast Clarion.We hope you found this post interesting. Your donation will help us provide independent news in our community. Thank you.