Copyright of the Daily Oil Bulletin 2018
Some Businesses Back B.C. Government Stand On Trans Mountain
The British Columbia government has received some support from B.C. businesses for its position against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
In an open letter to Premier John Horgan, more than 450 businesses have asked the province to stand strong in its opposition to Kinder Morgan Canada Limited’s $7.4 billion project, suggesting that it is bad for business.
Signatories include tech founders, tourism operators, investors, restaurateurs and small business owners of all stripes.
"Saying 'no' to the Trans Mountain pipeline not only protects the hundreds of thousands of jobs in British Columbia that depend on a clean, protected environment, saying 'no' is a crucial signal to companies, industries and investors that we want to build the future in areas like clean energy and technology," said Tim Bray, tech entrepreneur and founder of OpenText, Canada's largest software company. "Saying 'no' to Kinder Morgan is saying 'yes' to British Columbia's real future."
Business leaders say in the letter that the technology, tourism, construction, film and television industries each create more jobs than oil, gas, and mining combined and make up the fastest-growing sectors of B.C.'s economy.
"One Kinder Morgan tanker spill and what happens to our supernatural coast, the salmon, the bears, the whales, to the reasons millions of people come to B.C. from around the world every year?" asked tourism operator Rob Safrata, director of West Coast Sightseeing Ltd.
The signatories write that they stand in solidarity with the Coast Salish First Nations and other Indigenous communities that are opposed to the pipeline and envision a future for Canada that moves away from a dependence on fossil fuels.
“Countless business leaders have worked tirelessly to build a thriving and diverse economy that is now directly threatened by this unnecessary project,” said Michelle Nahanee, a member of the Squamish Nation, creative director of Nahanee Creative Inc., and a signatory to the letter. “First Nations must be participants in a future of shared prosperity; we've been excluded for far too long."
The letter concludes by stating that the inevitable transition to a clean economy has already begun, and that Kinder Morgan's project is out of step with the future prosperity of Canada.