By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Aug 6, 2014
MP John Weston says he has never previosuly written anything to publicly challenge the decisions of the West Vancouver council.
But now he is breaking from the past in a a latest press release sent to the media.
“I disagree with the motion, the way it has been passed, and its timing.” MP John Weston.
Weston has expressed his disapproval of the recent motion passed by West Vancouver council to ban the passage of LNG tankers in the Howe Sound.
Weston said he disagreed with the motion that was unanimously passed by the West Vancouver council on July 31.
“I disagree with the motion, the way it has been passed, and its timing,” he said.
“Elected officials have a duty to wait until they know what the concerns are, how significant they may be, and what can be done to mitigate them. At this time, we have not heard of the Council investigating the matter thoroughly or interviewing the proponent, Woodfibre LNG in Squamish.”
Weston said the proponent is doing a lot to engage the public in Squamish. He said the community needs to know more about the project, which hasn’t even entered its environmental assesement phase yet. [manual_related_posts]
“LNG promises to bring jobs and economic growth across our whole province.” MP Weston
“It’s one thing to say, “No, not in my backyard.” However, it’s something else to say, “No, not in someone else’s backyard.”
“LNG promises to bring jobs and economic growth across our whole province. The Premier and Government of BC have committed to LNG as a primary economic driver. If we are to pay for our teachers, our medical services, or welfare and the other good things we love in British Columbia, we do need some level of economic growth.”
Weston said before the project can be considered unsound on the basis of environmental safety, community members needs to understand the facts and weign the input of experts.
“I do know that an LNG plant brings an alternative to coal, and brings more high valued long-term jobs to our riding than a gravel pit, a logging project, or a garbage incinerator.”
He said that we should not prejudge this project but remain engaged in the process. This and other industrial projects should be evaluated one by one, based on facts and science, not presumptions, he added.