MLAs back in Victoria for summer sitting
A rare summer sitting of the Legislature starts today in Victoria…
MLAs are debating a proposed agreement with Pacific NorthWest LNG for a 36 billion dollar project near Prince Rupert.
Cowichan Valley MLA Bill Routley says the NDP will do all they can to block the deal, which they say is a rushed job that offers no benefits for British Columbians in terms of tax revenue or jobs.
Routley says he could also have a change to raise issues around the controversial Shawnigan Lake contaminated soil dump.
The Shawnigan Residents Association is going to be in BC Supreme Court later today arguing for an injunction to prevent South Island Aggregates from operating the dump.
The Association says they’ve got evidence suggesting a conflict of interest between the company and the firm that did the environmental assessments.
The SRA and the CVRD already have court cases in the works to get the facility shut down permanently.
Political analyst Allan Warnke, a retired VIU prof, says we should also expect the NDP to use the sitting to hammer home things like the health ministry firings.
Warnke says the NDP seems to be on the right side of public opinion in pushing for an inquiry.
It’s unclear how long the sitting will last.