Vaughn Palmer: On LNG skills training, labour works the apprenticeship angle

Vaughn Palmer

When labour leader Jim Sinclair turned up at the legislature last week for release of the workforce plan for the liquefied natural gas industry, I teased him that he’s being seen around the halls of government more often than when the New Democratic Party was in power. Sinclair, the longtime president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, took it with good humour, reminding me of the joke about his predecessor Ken Georgetti — that he had an actual seat at the cabinet table in the NDP government. Sinclair helped put together the working group that delivered the 15-point final report on the training and recruitment needs for the LNG industry, so of course he was present for the release along with the representatives of government, industry and First Nations.