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Politics still takes driver seat even on climate

What can one MLA do in the Legislature? As it turns out, quite a bit! As Elizabeth May has shown in Ottawa and Andrew Weaver in Victoria, MP’s and MLA’s have many levers at their disposal. May and Weaver do not have special powers, they understand the opportunities our democratic institutions offer them, and they use them.

Andrew Weaver: Putting Climate Targets Back Into the Throne Speech

Andrew Weaver in LegislatureToday in the Legislature, Green MLA Andrew Weaver spoke to his motion to amend the Throne Speech, highlighting the government's inconsistency in greenhouse gas targets. Under the province’s climate targets the legislated goal is to reduce emissions from the current 62 megatons of carbon pollution to 43 megatons by 2020 and 13 megatons by 2050. Producing liquefied natural gas through five plants would add 73 megatons to current provincial emissions, making our greenhouse gas targets impossible to keep.

The government has stated LNG exports from BC will reduce Asian, especially China’s, dependency on coal fired power generation, therefore reducing their carbon emissions. If we are serious about reducing global emissions then a better plan would be to halt exports of thermal coal through BC. Doing so would have little impact on provincial employment, or revenue, as the vast majority is produced from US mines.

Read the full speech at www.andrewweavermla.ca

Olsen speaks at Food for our Future: Family Day Rally

FoodforourFutureRally-300x225.jpgBC Green Party Interim-Leader, Adam Olsen joined Vicki Huntington (Independent MLA), Nicholas Simons (BCNDP Agriculture Critic), Harold Steeves (Richmond Councillor), Dan Ferguson (National Farmers Union), Janet Rogers (City of Victoria Poet Laureate), Dave Friend (Mr. Organic), Garrett Schack (Island Chef’s Collaborative), Joan Morris (Songhees Nation) and approximately 1000 British Columbians at the “Food for the Future: Family Day Rally at the BC Legislature.

Adam Olsen on CIVL Radio

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Adam Olsen, Interim Leader was recently on CIVL Radio with Lauren Southern in Abbotsford, BC.

 

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Putting Principles Back Into Politics

Big_logo_Correct_color.pngIt is a principle of the BC Green Party that our elected representatives are not ‘whipped’. Our MLA’s enjoy freedoms that our political colleagues do not. During the 2013 election, I was proud of this principle; it was a central feature of my campaign, and it was a central feature of Dr. Andrew Weaver’s campaign. It was a commitment we made to our constituents. It was and remains a commitment that the BC Greens make to the people of British Columbia.

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