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Site C decision needs openness, not secrecy

Re: Despite cabinet secrecy, federal decision on Site C OK, judge rules (Alaska Highway News, Aug.

Re: Despite cabinet secrecy, federal decision on Site C OK, judge rules (Alaska Highway News, Aug. 31)

I am really curious about the results of the recent court case between the Peace Valley Landowners Association and the federal government concerning the government's decision to give its approval for the proposed Site C dam. The Conservatives decided to invoke cabinet secrecy to keep their reasons for that approval from the court.

I want to ask our MP, Mr. Zimmer: What priority is so great, in a project that your government has no apparent interest in, that you would invoke cabinet secrecy in a court challenge of your government's decision?

And, why would secrecy be an option in a proposal to mortgage our province to the tune of $10 billion with accompanying interest? Public borrowing, public debt, and secret considerations?

The review that your government helped organize and fund told you that BC Hydro had not proved a need for construction, had not proved a financial case in favour of the dam, had not looked at options that have been available for more than 30 years, and did not look seriously at the First Nations rights or agricultural sustainability issues. Your government chooses to hide behind secrecy when a decision like this demands openness and transparency.

This isn't a rhetorical question. I want answers.

—Randal Hadland, Dawson Creek