The House

The next great Canadian energy debate: Liquefied Natural Gas

The BC government has bet big on the liquefied natural gas industry. So big, it's willing to recall the legislature in the middle of summer to debate the deal that could become the blueprint for future LNG agreements. We discuss the multi-billion dollar questions surrounding the future of LNG in BC.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong takes reporters' questions on Monday after revealing the government is granting the LNG industry a 25-year tax freeze. (CBC)

Provincial legislatures tend to be pretty quiet this time of year, but on Monday, Victoria will be the exception to the rule.

MLAs in British Columbia are heading back to work for a rare summer sitting

What's so pressing?

The controversial debate over liquefied natural gas development. More specifically, legislation to ratify the deal for a $36 billion terminal and pipeline project put forward by Pacific Northwest LNG and its majority owner, the Malaysian state-owned company Petronas.

The project is seen as a potential blueprint for future LNG developments, something the BC government is betting could bring billions in extra revenues to the province.

All this, not surprisingly, comes with a fair share of controversy.

BC Finance Minister Mike De Jong and the leader of the Official Opposition in Victoria, NDP leader John Horgan, join us to discuss the future of LNG in BC.