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NDP leader in Terrace

The leader of the province’s NDP opposition is up in the Northwest this weekend to attend the B.C. Federation of Labour’s regional conference.

John Horgan spoke with CFNR on a number of issues.

He says he’s frustrated with the Premier Christy Clark’s recent announcement of a MOU with Petronas, despite having many questions still unanswered about the LNG project.

Horgan also says he’s concerned that the premier has over-hyped the economic boom that will come to the region causing speculation.

Adding that the province needs to ensure that adequate infrastructure and services are available if and when the boom arrives.

Commenting on First Nation’s environmental concerns over LNG projects, he says once the federal environmental assessment is completed in September, that would be a good time to look over what are the potential risks.

He also adds that what’s most important is that all communities in the region get the most value out of any of the province’s natural resources.

In response to a Fraser Institute op-ed piece saying First Nations’ title claims and rejections of project deals is causing business uncertainty in the province, Horgan says any uncertainty is due to market conditions, and that there shouldn’t be any rush anyways.

An item on the B.C. Fed’s agenda for the weekend is their push for a higher minimum wage, something Horgan believes will be beneficial.

John Horgan will be speaking at the B.C. Federation of Labour’s regional conference tomorrow.

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