Last September, Premier Gordon Campbell touted the benefits of the northwest transmission line by citing Mining Association of British Columbia research that the project "has the potential to attract $15 billion in new capital investments and create almost 11,000 jobs, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing the reliance on dirty diesel-electric power for industry and communities in that region." And it referenced research from another lobby group - the Northwest Power Line Coalition - when promoting the line three months earlier. But does the ministry have any of its own research about the line's economic benefits? We asked Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom on his way out of caucus. And we tacked on a question about whether Imperial Metals Corp. and AltaGas Income Trust are contributing to the cost of the line.
September 17, 2009