To the Editor,

Re: British Columbians can benefit from PLAs, but only when they are truly fair and open, an April 19 Letter to the Editor.

The accusation from Paul de Jong, president of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA), that the BC Building Trades is “quick to discount all evidence” in regard to Project Labour Agreements (PLA), has left us shaking our heads.

The facts tell a very different story.

The Vancouver Island Highway Project (VIHP) did not face overruns or delays, and no matter how often people like de Jong say it, it won’t be true. The VIHP was completed in 2001 within the budget that was set in 1993.

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