I am firmly opposed to the Site C project, a proposed hydro dam on the Peace River in northeastern BC.
A federal review panel has explicitly stated that Site C infringes on inherent Indigenous rights and will lead to irreversible damage to both wildlife and fish habitat. This is precisely why the Assembly of First Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and specific First Nations have urged the federal government to suspend approval for Site C.
By contrast, Trudeau’s Liberals have ignored these calls, allowing this project—a $9B megaproject hugely harmful to First Nations communities, farmers, and the environment—to continue. A recent UBC report has also called for the suspension of the Site C dam project, estimating that BC Hydro will have to sell it at a $1-billion loss because by 2024—when dam is expected to begin operating—none of the power it generates will be needed.
Proceeding with this project makes no sense. Federal leadership is required.