Treaty 8 nations to launch injunction against Site C

Artist’s rendering of the Site C dam the third hydro dam on the Peace River that started construction in 2015

The dam was initially estimated to cost $8.3 billion, but Horgan announced that the latest estimate puts the total at $10.7 billion.

The third of a series of dams on the Peace River, Site C would flood an 83-kilometre-long stretch of the river to generate enough electricity to power 450,000 homes.

"This government promised to be better than the B.C. Liberals".

On September 13, 2017, the 10th anniversary of the declaration, Horgan said "Our government understands the enormous responsibility we have to Indigenous peoples, in the face of historical wrongs that have never been made right and in the wake of inaction by government after government".

Depending whether the $4 billion to cancel the project was absorbed by ratepayers, BC Hydro or the government, cancelling the project would have meant a 12 per cent rate hike in 2020 or reducing the government's capacity to complete other capital projects such as schools or hospitals. Lawyers for floodplain First Nations said they're filing injunctions against construction.

"The previous government left those questions unanswered".

At that time, the estimated cost of Site C was pegged at $8.8-billion, a pricetag that Ms. Clark insisted reflected the full cost of the dam. "We have deliberated and we have debated and at the end of the day we have come to the conclusion that although Site C is not the project we would have favoured, and it's not the project we would have started, it must be completed to meet the objectives of our government". I'm convinced more than ever that the Ajax open-pit copper mine will be rejected, not only for environmental reasons, but because the NDP, having said yes to one mega project, can feel a little more at ease saying no to another.

"This province doesn't have billions of dollars to waste on a make-work boondoggle for power we don't even need", Chief Lynette Tsakoza of Prophet River First Nation said in a statement. "I was not prepared to foreclose on the future generations by making a decision today that would make me feel good".

That report confirmed that the project is over its original $8.3 billion budget, up to almost $10 billion, and behind schedule, but BC Hydro CEO Chris O'Riley told the commission it can still be completed by the original target of 2024.

She pointed to a filmed interview with Horgan's from 2014 as indication of her nation's legal standing.

Although "disheartened" by the NDP government's decision, Weaver, whose three-member caucus has the power to bring the NDP government down, has given no indication he plans to do so.

"It sets a pretty strong tone from them", West Moberly Chief Roland Willson said in an interview after the decision. "With the BCUC's report in hand, we're confident that the court will grant our injunction. On this issue, the NDP government's approach has turned out to be no different whatsoever". "This is the same old capitalistic kind of government that cares more about money and jobs than reconciliation with First Nations and the environment".

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