SKEENA NDP MLA Robin Austin says it’s outrageous the provincial government should be encouraging people from the south to move north to find work when it has done little to train people here.
He made the comment after hearing that the provincial government is buying ads in southern BC telling people to move north to work at major development projects either underway or to be announced soon.
In the northwest alone there’s an array of projects ranging from modernizing Rio Tinto Alcan’s Kitimat aluminum smelter to at least one liquefied natural gas plant and accompanying pipeline near Kitimat to construction of BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line.
“This is ridiculous. For 10 years this government has had a chance to put people through training here, to provide them with upgrading, at a period of very low economic activity and its done nothing,” said Austin.
“And here we are expecting some good news with these projects and the government is advertising for people from elsewhere to come here.”