VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Opponents have called it a joke that just isn’t funny, but you haven’t heard the last of Site C.
As the massive hydroelectric dam on the Peace River is under review, those who’ve been building their lives around the mega project are trying make sure they’re not forgotten.
According to the union representing the employees of the clean energy project, these workers and their families are getting overlooked in the political hubbub and that could have an effect across the province.
“It’s going out for dinners, it’s going out for movies, it’s Christmas just around the corner,” says Ryan Bruce with the Christian Labour Association of Canada. “I think it puts a lot of pressure on people as it relates to their everyday life.”
“It’s families, its communities.”
The cost to cancel the project is estimated at $1.2 billion, while the cost to complete it is pegged at $8.8-billion.
“Economically in small communities when people are buying less and shopping less, that has an impact.”
CLAC has met with the Green Party caucus and made presentations at multiple British Columbia Utilities Commission hearings. It also has continued to circulate a petition on behalf of all those who may be impacted by a temporary cessation of work, or cancellation of the project.
“There’s lot of talk about dollars and cents and it’s a lot of dollars I realize, and certainly there’s a debate around whether or not we will need the electricity in the future or now or not. But we wanted to bring that human side to the project and tell the story of those who are actually building it currently.”
Bruce says workers have left other jobs to come and work on what would be the largest public infrastructure in the province’s history.
“People have created their life around that long-term nature of this project.”