Chatting with BC Premier Christy Clark, our newly minted but most definitely proactive Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threw out another excellent idea this week. He said he’s open to the idea of supporting a new electricity grid that would help ship surplus power out of our province and into Alberta, which would help it reduce its reliance on coal.
This announcement is great for a number of reasons. One, we need to get beyond the idea that it’s BC versus Alberta, or any province against another province, or any country against any country. We’re all on the same team–Planet Earth!–and the recent Fort Mac wildfires proves we need to be willing to reach out at all times and focus on inclusivity, lending a helping hand to those in need. Secondly, the jointly funded project, which would cost an estimated $1 billion helps with the major hitch many detractors will have to this project, if we’re getting rid of coal jobs, where do they go?
The answer is simple, those jobs get switched over to the renewable resources industry, which is growing exponentially everyday. Coal workers become wind turbine workers, and so on and so forth. Obviously it’s not a perfect road, however the idealism behind it is what should drive us to make this much needed switch while making sure to keep the economy humming along. We can be progressive and economical in the same sentence if we do it in the right way.
The plan is to help BC Hydro improve the financial side of the $8.8-billion Site C hydroelectric project, while helping Alberta reduce its dependence on coal and natural gas. This all sounds win-win if you ask us. Jobs will be created during construction and maintenance. And we further our push to fight climate change.
Real estate is all about planning for the future. Buying a property to live in, rent out, or for an investment. Our government is also looking into the future, not only of ourselves, but out kids and our grandkids’ kids. Our energy industry creates billions of dollars and supports many families, and there’s no reason we can’t make this switch so that we’re planning for the future, socially and economically, as well as keeping our pocket books in check. Let’s all make this move forward, together, because remember, at the end of the day, we’re all on the same team!