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Clark presents LNG plan in Ottawa with delegation – The Globe and Mail

Mar. 31 2014

The federal and B.C. governments have reached an accord on skills training and immigration that Premier Christy Clark says will help spur development of LNG plants in the province by keeping a lid on labour costs.

Ms. Clark travelled to the national capital on Monday with a delegation of business and First Nations leaders, as well as a quarter of her cabinet, to highlight the potential that the production and export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has for her province and for the country. In a reception for Conservative MPs and other federal officials, she said the nascent LNG industry could rival Alberta’s oil sands in terms of generating jobs and tax revenue for governments.

But industry analysts warn that British Columbia is falling behind in the global race to supply East Asia as countries like Australia, the United States, Russia and even Mozambique pursue those lucrative markets. They cite two key concerns: the government’s uncertain fiscal regime and the potential for crippling inflation in labour costs given the small pool of skilled labour already heavily in demand in Western Canada.

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