REVELSTOKE (September 11, 2019) – The BC Liberals are calling on John Horgan and the NDP to scrap their Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) framework as yet another highway project goes wildly over budget due to John Horgan’s friends-and-family deal.
Last week, the NDP announced that the second highway project under the government’s budget-breaking CBA scheme – the much-needed four-laning of the Kicking Horse Canyon stretch of Highway 1 near Golden – will cost British Columbian taxpayers $150 million more than when the BC Liberals originally announced the project in early 2017.
“After a two-year delay it’s great to see progress on this needed project, but the price change is just baffling,” said Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok. “This is the second major transportation project to skyrocket over budget thanks to John Horgan’s friends-and-family CBA scheme. Instead of getting the best deal for taxpayers, John Horgan is shelling out an extra $150 million in taxpayer dollars to pay back his friends in the building trades unions who have donated millions to the NDP.”
The cost overrun mirrors the last CBA-led project announced by the NDP earlier this year. The Illecillewaet River highway widening project went $22 million over budget – an increase of nearly 50 per cent.
“This $150 million discrepancy is coming out of the pockets of British Columbians who are already feeling the burden of this NDP government’s 19 new or increased taxes,” added Clovechok. “Instead of keeping costs low and using these funds for schools, housing and addictions support, the NDP is saddling B.C. taxpayers with millions of dollars in extra costs – all in an effort to make their union friends and family happy. How is this making British Columbia more affordable?”