B.C. NDP vow to fight Clean Energy Act
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, June 1, 2010 1:11PM PDT
The NDP says the Liberal government's Clean Energy Act actually weakens public oversight of major project like the Site C dam in northeastern B.C., so they will continue to fight the bill.
New Democrats say the act would also remove consumer protection from unnecessary B.C. Hydro rate hikes without scrutiny from the B.C. Utilities Commission.
NDP energy critic John Horgan says that instead, politicians would be making decisions around the cabinet table.
The Clean Energy Act was introduced last month and is currently being debated in the legislature.
Forty-seven B.C. First Nations and three aboriginal organizations are calling on the provincial government to delay passage of the act.
Energy Minister Blair Lekstrom says the government is prepared to meet with aboriginal groups but won't delay the act.