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April 19, 2017

A sight to see – jobs across B.C., thanks to Site C

The largest infrastructure project in BC history might be built in the Northeast, but the economic benefits are already reaching across the province.

Today in Surrey, Premier Christy Clark visited Foundex, one of the 275 businesses across the province benefiting from the Site C Clean Energy Project.

“Surrey may be a long way from Fort St. John, but they’re connected,” said Premier Christy Clark. “North and south, rural and urban – in B.C., we all need each other. Our province can only be successful if we succeed together.”

The largest clean energy infrastructure project under construction in North America, Site C will create thousands of jobs, contribute $3.2 billion to our economy, and generate 100 years of clean, affordable, and reliable power. During construction, it means opportunity and jobs for businesses across the province, from Salmon Arm to Surrey and everywhere in between.

An employee-owned company with 59 employees and 40 years of history, Surrey-based Foundex has operations as far afield as Fort McMurray and Anchorage. At Site C, Foundex is providing specialized drilling equipment for geotechnical work.

In the next 20 years, B.C.’s population is expected to grow by 1 million, and our need for power to grow by 40 per cent. Site C is the only way to reliably meet that need with green power.

Only Today’s BC Liberals have a plan to control spending, cut middle class taxes by $900 a year, and create jobs to secure a strong B.C. and bright future for our children and grandchildren. And only the BC Liberals will move forward and get Site C built.

The BC NDP and BC Greens would halt Site C, derailing the plans of hundreds of businesses large and small looking to grow, hire, and succeed with work from Site C. Their agenda would kill jobs, raise hydro rates, slam the brakes on economic growth – and leave B.C. families and businesses literally in the dark.

Today’s BC Liberals’ full 2017 election platform is available at bcliberals.com/platform.

The provincial election will be held on May 9th, with advance polls open on April 29 and 30, and May 3, 4, 5, and 6.