BCGEU announces its opposition to Site C

The BC Government and Services Employees Union (BCGEU) has joined the opposition against Site C.

“Site C is the wrong choice for British Columbia. The project is not needed: there are better alternatives,” said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith July 24. 

“Site C will cause massive habitat loss. It violates First Nations’ indigenous rights. It removes high-value agricultural lands from production… The BCGEU is proud to lend our voice to the growing chorus of British Columbians who say no to this ill-considered project.”

The BCGEU also said it supports the Treaty 8 First Nations court battle against the project. 

"This decision was made by the leadership of the BCGEU in a unanimous vote, and included consultation with local representatives," said BCGEU lead negotiator Brent Camilleri.

The Site C dam is a hydroelectric dam set to be built seven kilometres from Fort St. John on the Peace River, with a potential price tag of $8.8 billion. Three First Nations are challenging it in court.  

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