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Minister Coleman says government will be ready to fill the gaps in housing and health when LNG boom comes north

B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing Rich Coleman (CBC).

The Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing Rich Coleman is visiting Prince George today to discuss the liquefied natural gas industry. He says he's confident B.C. is on track to have multiple LNG facilities completed by 2020, despite challengers from around the world.

"We're competing against central Africa, Mozambique, Australia, Qatar, other countries like that with regards to trying to build this industry. But the feedback I'm getting right now is B.C. is definitely globally competitive."

When asked about the difficulty of finding housing and rising rents in B.C.'s northwest, Coleman said his government is paying attention.

"There's always a challenge when you get growth," he says. "We can identify what the needs and gaps are... but until we actually see a final investment decision where someone's actually going to build an LNG plant, you really are just getting ready by having all your fundamentals in place, which we will have in place."

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