KAMLOOPS (August 8, 2018) – British Columbia taxpayers could be on the hook for massive cost overruns associated with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project – a risk that BC Liberal MLAs say is purely thanks to Premier John Horgan’s political wrangling. Kinder Morgan Canada cautioned that the project could cost up to $1.9 billion more than the company’s original estimate, as well as take a full year longer to complete.
“This project has always been within the federal government’s jurisdiction, but unfortunately John Horgan saw it as an opportunity to play politics,” said Peter Milobar, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson. “The premier prioritized politics over the interests of British Columbians, and now taxpayers are on the hook for his mess.”
“Responsible resource development has long been an economic driver for B.C. communities – but rather than supporting investment in our province, the BC NDP is doing its best to scare investors away,” said Ellis Ross, MLA for Skeena. “The situation that B.C. taxpayers now find themselves in was completely avoidable. We never should have reached this point.”