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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books

Too Good to Be True
Alcan’s Kemano Completion Project

By Bev Christensen

On January 23, 1995, British Columbia’s Premier announced that he was cancelling Alcan’s Kemano Completion Project. But is such a simple political announcement all it will take to cancel this $1.4 billion hydro megaproject? Many tough questions remain: about who will pay for the cost of cancelling this megaproject, already half-completed at the time of Harcourt’s announcement; about whether or not binding legal contracts dating from 1950 and 1987, between Alcan and the governments of Canada and British Columbia can be broken by a simple political decision; and about why Alcan has fought so hard to preserve a project which makes absolutely no sense, either economically or environmentally.

This book outlines the 45-year history of Alcan’s industrial activities in B.C., uncovers the back-room political deals that have made those activities possible, and discusses the roles Canada’s federal and provincial governments must play in their attempts to reverse the dangerous precedents that the Alcan deals have set. It also examines the consequences for Canada and North America if these governments fail to address responsibly the mess that they themselves have created. This book is must reading for those who wish to remain informed on the question of who is to control North America’s vital water and power resources in the 21st century.

ISBN 13: 9780889223547 | ISBN 10: 889223548
6 W x 9 H x 1 D inches | 352 pages
$29.95 CAN / $24.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Non-Fiction | Bisac: POL033000


Finalist for the 1996 BC Book Prize: Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

About the Contributors

Bev Christensen

Too Good To Be True (Talonbooks 1995) is Bev Christensen’s second book. As a Trustee for the Prince George School Board, Bev Christensen is an active participant in community-based concerns. As a director for both BC Rail and Westel, she is also no stranger to corporate concerns.

Too Good to Be True

Bev Christensen

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