Site C could face another court challenge

first_imgThat’s drawn a support statement, not only from the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada but also the 51 thousand member, Christian Labor Association of Canada.However, the latter opposes what it calls the undemocratic, adversarial and monopolistic practices of the labor movement and that stated, it should be noted again, that the building trades have filed a civil suit in BC Supreme Court to block the Hydro plan.We’re still waiting for word on a court date, but the Building Trades Office says, this latest government statement is now being studied and is soon expected to be the subject of a response.- Advertisement -Meantime, the surviving members of the crew who built the WAC Bennett Dam are calling for a Construction Partnership Agreement with Hydro, putting in place the system used in every major dam project since the 660 foot Bennett Dam was built in the nineteen sixties.They argue that’s the only way to ensure a fair Site C jobs hiring policy.“What we want is B.C. workers that are qualified to go to work first, then Canadian Workers, we have people in the United States that are train just as well or the same as we are.  We’d like to go to the United States before we go off shore.  But if we have to go off shore, we are more than willing to work with the contractors to facilitate that.”  That’s Wayne Peppard of the Allied Hydro Council, who also told us last month Hydro risks turning away from, what clearly works, and thus losing assured access to the best of BC’S trade workers since Site C and LNG plant construction could occur simultaneously.Advertisementlast_img read more