Local 258 IBEW Business Manager Doug McKay attended the news announcement at BC Hydro’s Trades Training Centre in Surrey, BC, where he met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and BC Premier John Horgan. They are shown above displaying their IBEW challenge coins. Photo taken by Brother Rob Munro.
August 29, 2019 – Local 258 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers welcomes today’s joint announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and BC Premier John Horgan that a Memorandum of Understanding has been reached between the federal government and the Province of BC that will see a $680 million investment in “the electrification of our economy” and an affirmed commitment to power British Columbia’s natural gas production and liquefied natural gas (LNG) sectors with clean electricity.
At a news conference at BC Hydro’s Trades Training Centre in Surrey, Local 258 IBEW members provided the backdrop as the leaders made the announcement.
Business Manager Doug McKay had an opportunity to meet with both Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Horgan, and says, “This is a good announcement and is good for our members who work at BC Hydro and in the electric utility industries in our province. It looks like lots of new jobs are on the horizon here in BC, and we look forward to working hard to make sure IBEW is involved every step of the way.”
Electrification is the use of clean power to avoid emissions and will position Canada as a supplier of the world’s cleanest natural gas. BC’s natural gas industry produces about 18 per cent of the province’s greenhouse gas emissions.
“What’s good for the environment is good for the economy,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. “Canadians know that economic growth and environmental protection go hand-in-hand. Today, we are committing to work with British Columbia to help power the natural gas sector with clean electricity – reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating good middle class jobs, and helping make the province a supplier of the cleanest natural gas in the world."
Local 258 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents 4,000 members working as skilled tradespeople in British Columbia’s electric utility sector, including at BC Hydro and with private line contractor companies, and in the utility arborist, electrical manufacturing and traffic control industries.
View the video below put together by Brother Rob Munro: