Media Statement: February 25th, 2014
Evidence 100 000 LNG Jobs Vastly Overstated
For Immediate Release
Victoria BC – In an article published by David Broadland in Focus Magazine (www.focusonline.ca) the government’s justification for 100 000 LNG jobs is seriously called into question. Using Freedom of Information access, he analysed the communications noting: “The report contained many warnings to the reader that it was based entirely on assumptions provided by ‘the Province and its advisors’ “
The points raised by Focus Magazine on potential LNG sector employment forecasts coincide with analysis within Andrew Weaver’s office. While the government continues to tout 100 000 jobs, a $100 billion prosperity fund, retirement of provincial debt and end of the PST, the numbers simply do not add up.
“Focus Magazine should be noted for their investigative report on LNG in BC. During and since the election campaign I’ve been consistent in saying LNG is a ‘Hail Mary Pass’ . It is now more evident the jobs numbers and revenue expectations should be questioned and it is time the government comes clean on what British Columbians can realistically expect. This is especially true for northern communities relying on government projections for economic and infrastructure planning around LNG. If the numbers are wrong, the policy failures are quick to follow.” Andrew Weaver MLA
Accurate employment projections are vital for economic policy. Even a small percentage difference from estimates to reality can have a ripple effect throughout the entire provincial economy. They inform policy and investment decisions as wide reaching as education, health care, social services, transportation and infrastructure.
Mat Wright – Press Secretary, Andrew Weaver MLA
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