CP – B.C.’s new Energy [and Mining] Minister receives her expectations from Premier Horgan

CP – B.C.’s new Energy [and Mining] Minister receives her expectations from Premier Horgan

VICTORIA, B.C. – British Columbia now has a new Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and we now know what Premier John Horgan will expect of the Honourable Michelle Mungall and responsibilities include Site C and LNG.

In the letters that were sent to all of the new Ministers in John Horgan’s cabinet, he outlined what each will be tasked with completing. He expects Mungall to specifically address to the following priorities:

Create a roadmap for the future of B.C. energy that will drive innovation, expand energy-efficiency and conservation programs, generate new energy responsibly and sustainably, and create lasting good jobs across the province.

Reinvigorate the Innovative Clean Energy fund to boost investments in groundbreaking new energy technologies and climate change solutions.

Freeze B.C. Hydro rates while conducting a comprehensive review of the Crown corporation.Immediately refer the Site C dam construction project to the B.C. Utilities Commission on the question of economic viability and consequences to British Columbians in the context of the current supply and demand conditions prevailing in the B.C. market.

Establish a BC Mining Jobs Task Force to create and sustain good jobs in this important industry. Develop an improved and properly resourced approvals process to assess mining applications, and increase industry safety by establishing an independent oversight unit.

Ensure British Columbians benefit from liquefied natural gas projects by requiring proposals to meet the following four conditions: (1) Proposals must include express guarantees of jobs and training opportunities for British Columbians; (2) Proposals must provide a fair return for our resource; (3) Proposals must respect and make partners of First Nations; and
(4) Proposals must protect our air, land and water, including living up to our climate commitments. Mungall is currently the

MLA for the Nelson-Creston riding. She was originally elected MLA in 2009 and then re-elected in 2013 and 2017. She was also the Opposition Spokesperson for Social Development, Advanced Education and Caucus Deputy House Leader.


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