The Vancouver Sun reports in its Friday edition that British Columbians have an unprecedented opportunity to help build the province's future and strengthen its economy through the construction of TransCanada's Coastal GasLink pipeline project and the associated $40-billion LNG Canada liquefied natural gas project it will serve in Kitimat.
Guest columnist and union leader Brian Cochrane writes that this investment focuses on the three core principles of the community building standard around the world: A commitment to safety and quality, investing in trades and apprenticeships, and leaving a positive community legacy. It is a key opportunity to develop a skilled work force to support the development of this project for decades to come.
Mr. Cochrane says that important safety and environmental work has already been completed in the form of extensive field studies, regulatory approvals, and engagement programs with local communities and others affected by the project. All the necessary fieldwork to begin construction has now been completed, with more than one-third of that work conducted specifically by indigenous people in the region already. Thousands of well-paying jobs will be created when construction gets under way.
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