Energy projects in British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario have been dogged by controversy, ballooned in cost or drastically cut back over the last several years and COVID-19 has put additional pressure on infrastructure spending as the pandemic presses into its second year.
When the Site C project in northeastern B.C. was approved by the province in 2014 it had a cost of $8.8 billion but after years of rising costs, a change in provincial government and legal challenges, in February 2021 B.C. Premier John Horgan announced the project would continue with a price tag of $16 billion.
In Manitoba, Premier Brian Pallister excoriated the previous NDP government after an independent review of the handling of the Keeyask and Bipole III megaprojects revealed political interference which left Manitobans with what Pallister termed a “massive debt burden.”
By contrast, Ontario Premier Doug Ford discontinued plans for some of the province’s green energy projects, including the cancellation of the White Pines wind project, which cost $231 million and for which Ford expressed no regrets.
Check out previous stories we’ve written about B.C, Manitoba and Ontario power projects below.