If all goes according to plan, B.C. will have eight new mines opening by 2015, as well as major expansions to nine other mines. Thatâ€™s the plan, and itâ€™s a goal worth pursuing.
Unfortunately, the Prosperity gold mine will not be among these new mines, unless the Conservative government of Stephen Harper reconsiders the decision it made to not approve the mine.
Some have speculated that Harper and the Conservatives want to ram the Enbridge pipeline through our province so badly â€“ largely to benefit the coffers of Ottawa and Alberta â€“ that they were willing to stab the Prosperity mine in the back in order to give themselves some environmental street credibility.
While I certainly hope that is not the case, it would explain how a project that passed B.C.â€™s environmental review process would subsequently be vetoed by Ottawa.
Denying the Prosperity mine just doesnâ€™t make much sense.
Robert van Dyck, Vancouver