Clark says BC can rival Alberta as LNG exporter to Asia

BC premier says the country is better off when all provincial economies are booming.

March 31, 2014   by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Premier Christy Clark is projecting BC will rival energy giant Alberta in terms of “contribution to Canada” once the province starts exporting liquefied natural gas to Asia.

Clark is preaching the gospel of natural gas exports in Ottawa with a large delegation that includes energy industry business people and a few First Nations leaders.

The BC government used the occasion to sign an accord with the federal government on skills training – preparation, says Clark, for a potentially inflationary labour shortage in her province.

The premier is predicting BC’s liquefied natural gas industry will soon be competing for labour with Alberta’s oil patch and Saskatchewan’s potash industry, and says she’s concerned about rising wages.

Clark says the country is better off when all provincial economies are booming and she believes BC has a chance to contribute as much as or more to Canada than Alberta.

The latest BC budget didn’t project revenues from liquefied natural gas for the next three years, and Clark says it will be a market decision whether any final LNG investment commitments are signed before the end of this year.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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