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Sep 17, 2009
TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Communities across central and northern British Columbia were unanimous in their thanks to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada for its announcement of $130 million to ensure that the Northwest Transmission Line is built along Highway 37.“This will enable tremendous industrial development and needed jobs in the northwest, as well as economic benefits to all of BC,” said Terrace Mayor Dave Pernarowski. He’s ecstatic that there is now a combined commitment of $390 million including the $260 million committed by Premier Campbell at the Union of BC Municipalities Conference in September 2008 for construction and environmental assessments. “This federal investment will ensure that the line can be constructed in a few short years. In Terrace today, there are no longer any major industrial employers and development in the region north of us will have a huge positive impact on our retail, service and supply sectors.”
Mayor Cress Farrow of Smithers, a northwest mining supply community noted, “This announcement will have great spin-offs to the Bulkley Valley communities and validates our decision to lengthen our airport runway for mine expediting and tourism. It is great to have a relationship between BC and Ottawa that is visionary in terms of green transmission development.”
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