EDITORIAL – NDP’s plan to boss public infrastructure projects could be costly

Making the announcement. (Image: BC Govt)

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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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – NDP’s plan to boss public infrastructure projects could be costly

  1. When BCHydro built the dams in the 60’s they had a subsidiary of BCH.
    Columbia Hydro Constructors Ltd
    Phone: (604) 528-1600

    Don’t see why we need another Crown Corporation…just more bureaucracy.
    Not much difference when Galardi gave all the Highway contracts to his crownies…ie Ben Ginter.
    Wasn’t the upper Vancouver island highway built in a similar fashion.

  2. But are private bids that much cheaper and better built?

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