Business organizations ask B.C. premier to reconsider pipeline actions

Trans Mountain construction. Image: Kinder Morgan

A group of business organizations in B.C. has banded together to send a message to Premier John Horgan: additional delays to the Trans Mountain expansion project “is clearly not in the best interests of British Columbia or Canada.”

The open letter, accessible by clicking here , was sent to Horgan by five key B.C. business organizations: the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Business Council of British Columbia, and the B.C. Chamber of Commerce.

The organizations say British Columbians are already facing the prospects of Alberta stopping negotiations to purchase its hydro power and banning the sale of B.C. wine, and could be hurt by additional retaliatory action from Alberta.

“It might interest you to know that a recent poll of small business owners — major employers and drivers of economic growth — shows strong support for the project. Many of these businesses will provide goods and services to support this project, from welding supplies and construction materials to hotel rooms, restaurant meals and haircuts which, in turn, will provide thousands of hard-working British Columbians with good-paying jobs to support their families and their communities.”

Not finding a resolution quickly creates further risks including expensive lawsuits, and large companies going elsewhere to invest their dollars, create jobs and attract talent, the groups say.

“We urge you and your government to stop its opposition to this approved project before we do further damage to the province’s reputation as one that is open for business or, worse, causes a provincial trade war that inflicts lasting damage on the relationship between B.C. and Alberta. It’s now time to put shovels in the ground,” the letter stated.