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Adam Olsen: What we learned at the 2015 Union of BC Municipalities Convention

Adam_UBCM_2015_cropped.JPGThe 2015 Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver was an exciting week for the B.C. Greens.

Our team came home with scores of business cards representing new and renewed relationships with local government officials from across our amazing province.

This was the third convention that I have attended as the Interim-Leader and I am excited by the consistent growth of our presence, effectiveness and warming delegate response over the years.

Adam Olsen's address to the 2015 Union of BC Municipalities Convention Plenary

Today, BC Green Party interim leader Adam Olsen addressed the delegates at the 2015 Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver. Here is what he had to say:

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IMG_0724.JPGGood Morning.

It is with a sense of pride and accomplishment that I stand here today as the Interim-Leader of the B.C. Green Party. This will be my last speech to you in this role. This time next year I will be here but I will be gearing up for the 2017 general election.

 

A Labour Day Message

On_to_Ottawa.jpgAs the Labour Day holiday approaches, the BC Green Party will join other British Columbians around the Province to enjoy the last long weekend of summer. Students and their families will also be preparing for a return to school. But as Interim-Leader of the BC Green Party Adam Olsen points out, Labour Day is much more than an unofficial end to summer and has deeper meaning for all British Columbians and Canadians.

Malahat LNG

SaanichInlet.jpegToday I attended the press conference announcing a partnership between Malahat Nation and Steelhead LNG for a 6 million tonne floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal located at the Bamberton cement plant site in the Saanich Inlet.

Over the years I have written about my relationship with the Saanich Inlet. I often use my experiences fishing on my dad’s guide boat as anecdotes in my speeches, and as a Central Saanich Councillor I worked to correct some of issues chronically plaguing the Inlet.

 

Proposed pipeline projects

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain
Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would bring three times the amount of dilbit from Alberta to Burnaby and then onto supertankers. Expanding it will increase the number of tankers transporting dilbit along BC's coast from 5 to 34 per month.

Enbridge Northern Gateway
Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline would bring heavy oil from Alberta to Kitimat, BC. The pipeline would be built through the ecologically-sensitive Great Bear Rainforest and supertankers would have to navigate a dangerous inlet, the Douglas Channel.

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