Sometime tomorrow, BC premier, John Horgan, will step to the mike in the briefing room at the legislature and announce to the province the fate of the Site C dam project. Tough decision that could solidify or break his tenuous hold on government. If he agrees to continue financing the project on the grounds that it will supply BC’s electrical needs for the foreseeable future, while alternative energy forms are developed, he faces alienating the Green Party and possibly scuppering a Supply and Confidence agreement that keeps the NDP in power. On the other hand, if he shuts it down, he says good-bye to a renewable source of clean energy, while laying off over 2000 workers and adding over 2 billion dollars to the provincial debt. Understand, there is no middle ground on this one. I hope Horgan now realizes, if he didn’t before, that there is a world of difference between what one can promise a third party to win the right to govern and what you can do once in office. For what it’s worth, he might try, like the true politician he has become, to put a saving face on things by temporarily mothballing it, so as to not upset his political base and buy some time to figure out his next move. That, in itself, might allow him to eventually define where the government wants to go on wind and solar energy projects over the next ten years. What I am hearing from various respected sources is that Horgan has greatly changed his tune as to the viability of Site C since last May. During the election, he was harping about how he would let the Utilities Commission review the project to see if it was needed but, now, months later, it seems that he may have painted himself into a proverbial corner, with a less than clear signal from the panel to advise him. I notice that Andrew Weaver, the Green’s leader, has been actively encouraging its members to e-mail Horgan to shut things down. Either way, the BC Liberals win on this announcement: no dam, loss of jobs and a power source; dam and serious fallout for the NDP and the Greens.