Bill Bennett was re-elected to a fourth term as MLA for Kootenay East in 2013 and was appointed Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review June 10, 2013.
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The Interior to Lower Mainland transmission line is a new 500-kilovolt, 247-kilometre transmission line from Merritt to Coquitlam that will improve power delivery to homes and businesses in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island. read more
The Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) is key to new economic development in British Columbia's Northwest. B.C. has some of the best mining products in the world, including coal, copper, gold, molybdenum, silver, lead and zinc - much of it in the Northwest.
When Premier Christy Clark asked me to become the Minister of Energy and Mines, she instructed me to do everything possible to spare families in this province from a forecasted electricity rate increase of more than 50 per cent over five years. Since then, I have been working hard to keep rates low for all British Columbians.
By reviewing BC Hydro's business practices and government's policies today, the minister responsible is confident future generations of BC families will continue to enjoy some of lowest electricity rates in North America. read more