READERS WRITE: NDP are no friend to Kitimat

A reader writes to express his concern regarding the possibility of an NDP government.

Dear sir,

What is going on around Kitimat is no thanks to NDP.

Looking at NDP’s platform it’s not hard to realize that we have much to lose if NDP are elected. To target an LNG industry already suffering record low gas prices

with increased corporate taxes, new carbon tax and investigation of

fracking is a recipe for disaster.

The natural gas industry is very adept at starting and stopping operations depending on profitability. It’s too easy to put caps on wells and move on to other operations outside B.C. Gas is not going anywhere, it will be there when they decide to come back.

The NDP is also promising to deal with IPP (Independent Power Producer) issue’s with a moratorium on future IPPs and looking at present IPP contracts. With Rio Tinto operating part of their operation as IPP we now have two industries being targeted by the NDP.

So easy for NDP to pander for Green votes by threatening natural resource industries, but for a small community like Kitimat, which is totally reliant on two of those industries, we have everything to lose.

The NDP are also targeting our young families by promising to cancel the Children under Seven $1,200 RESP and the $650 annual tax credit starting up in 2015. How many families have two or three kids under that age that will take immediate hit of $1,200 to $3,600if NDP wins? The NDP would never get that back to them as many of NDP promises are on needs basis. Even the NDP’s promise to replace every child’s RESP with a $1,000 post secondary education grant will be based on needs. Easy to see $1,200 into RESP now will end up after 15 or 18 years much more than the NDP’s promise of $1,000.

Tim Rice

Kitimat