B.C. Liberals aren't above lying to score political points
The B.C. Liberals have shown that they're willing to play fast and loose with the truth in a caucus news release.
Today in a statement about electricity rates, B.C. Liberal MLA Pat Pimm (Peace River North) is quoted as saying "the only power project the NDP ever invested in was in Pakistan."
It was a reference to the ill-fated Raiwind power project, which B.C. Hydro planned to build with a private investors when the NDP was in power in the 1990s.
It's a clever B.C. Liberal soundbite, but the reality is that through B.C. Hydro, the NDP government made numerous other investments in power projects during the 1990s.
They included a billion-dollar upgrade to the Keenleyside, Brilliant, and Waneta dams in the Kootenays, which was announced by then-premier Mike Harcourt.
The dam upgrades increased capacity of Waneta by 380 megawatts, Keenleyside by 185 megawatts, and Brilliant by 145 megawatts.
The NDP government also approved a $184-million Stave Falls Powerplant Replacement Project.
I don't expect that the B.C. Liberals will issue a correction. If they're going by the federal Conservative playbook, their motto is: "Always go for the jugular and never apologize and never back down."
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