|A rare fall throne speech was delivered in the B.C. Legislature last week by Lieutenant Governor Judith Gauchon.
The speech focused largely on the opportunity that liquefied natural gas (LNG) presents in British Columbia. The speech highlighted the pending introduction of a comprehensive legislative framework for the taxation of the LNG industry.
It positioned LNG as the solution to global environmental concerns, counter to what many environmental critics are claiming. It touted the importance or reducing China’s overall air pollution by proliferating cleaner energy sources.
The lieutenant governor also outlined the need to continue to work with First Nations around the province to help grow the economy.
The speech concluded by underlining the need for more tax revenue to maintain B.C. services.
BC NDP leader John Horgan, the leader of the official Opposition, said Premier Christy Clark’s promises cannot be trusted. Speaking to media after the speech, Horgan said: “We heard in the election campaign we were going to be debt free. I heard nothing in the Throne Speech today to suggest that’s going to happen anytime soon. We heard in the election campaign there would 100,000 jobs for British Columbians. I didn’t hear that today.”