Statement on Site C decision from Robert Stupka, B.C. Green candidate for Kelowna West

December 11, 2017

KELOWNA B.C. – B.C. Green candidate for Kelowna West Robert Stupka issued the following statement in response to Premier Horgan’s announcement that his government will continue construction of the Site C Dam:

“The approval of Site C could be the greatest misallocation of public funds in B.C.’s history. It characterizes what’s wrong with politics in B.C.: the B.C. Liberals didn’t want to hear the facts and the NDP ignored the facts.

“On all accounts, the BCUC findings support that Site C failed the test to be in the best interest of British Columbians.

“Fewer jobs have been and will be created as a result of Site C. As an engineer who worked with Indigenous communities throughout B.C. to develop local energy projects with the private sector, I witnessed firsthand how the approval of Site C killed innovation, jobs and local economic development throughout B.C..

“West Kelowna lost hundreds of potential local jobs when a large wind farm was scaled back to a handful of wind turbines on the Pennask Summit, and another wind project north of West Kelowna was stalled. Combined, the opportunity cost is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Stupka is an award-winning professional engineer and partner at Nido Design, Inc.

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