The government estimated the $4 billion cost of terminating Site C would amount to $860 for each B.C. resident.
The Site C dam is located on the Peace River near Fort St. John. But once ousted by the NDP this summer-backed by a deal with B.C.'s three Green MLAs-the fate of the dam hung in limbo.
"We have to accept the situation as we find it, not how we wish it to be", said Horgan. Lawyers for floodplain First Nations said they're filing injunctions against construction.
"Megaproject mismanagement by the old government has left B.C.in a awful situation", said Mr. Horgan in news release.
Human-rights issues need to be considered in commitments to the Paris Climate Accord, said Galen Armstrong, a Sierra Club campaign organizer in the Peace River Valley, and "this is a human rights issue when you have 100 kilometres of Treaty 8 (First Nations) land and First Nations demanding it not be flooded".
VICTORIA-The B.C. government had no choice but to complete the Site C hydroelectric dam rather than absorb a $4 billion hit to its bottom line by cancelling the project, which would have jeopardized plans for more spending on schools, hospitals and bridges, Premier John Horgan said Monday.
Despite the $10.7 billion cost, Gardner argued that Site C represents "a tremendous opportunity for British Columbia to help facilitate" Canada's transition away from fossil fuels and "make our economy more competitive". "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".
Some declared long-time NDP supporters posted messages on social media pledging to withhold donations as well as their vote unless Site C was cancelled. 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.
In a prepared statement, Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver criticized the decision to continue construction.
Horgan addressed those against the project.
The Wilderness Committee says they are outraged by the news that the NDP Government has given the "misguided" project the green light.
West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson said in a prepared statement that the BCUC's report is clear the power from Site C is not needed.
In addition to a court-sponsored injunction, the nations also announced they will pursue a civil case against the project for treaty infringement.
"This is not a 10-year energy project, this isn't even a 50-year energy project", Litwin said. "But with the BCUC's report in hand, the court can actually save British Columbia billions of dollars, and protect our constitutional rights at the same time". UNDRIP requires free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous peoples to development on their territories. "This is the same old capitalistic kind of government that cares more about money and jobs than reconciliation with First Nations and the environment".