An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
YOU REALLY HAD TO DIG deep to figure out the fine print in Premier John Horgan’s announcement that a new Crown corporation called B.C. Infrastructure Benefits Inc. will now oversee contracts on government projects.
The press release was all about the great things this is going to do — better training and apprenticeships, more trades opportunities for indigenous people, women and youth, and a chance to get construction jobs close to home.
There was mention of “wage alignment to prevailing industry rates” and “good wages for all,” but I couldn’t find any direct mention of the fact that B.C. will be returning to union-only labour for government projects.
However, such is the case.
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