VANCOUVER B.C. – Today Andrew Weaver, Leader of the B.C. Green Party, held Christy Clark to account over the LNG promises that she made last election and that she continues to make today.Read more
VANCOUVER B.C. - The B.C. Green Party today released its platform plank on the new economy, entitled “Strategy for the New Economy: Innovation and Sustainable Enterprise” in Vancouver. The full platform is based on three pillars: economic security; sustainability and intergenerational equity; and responsible government.Read more
Wild sockeye salmon is the most financially lucrative renewable marine resource on the West Coast. Thanks in large part to sockeye trade, generations of coastal peoples have built strong economies and vibrant cultures.
These traditions continue today, but BC Liberals and Harper Conservatives seem determined to gut our west coast fishery just like we gutted the east coast cod fishery. Our provincial and federal governments keep putting fossil fuels ahead of better economic opportunities and more sustainable practices.Read more
Today in the house I rose in question period to ask the government once more about the economics of the Site C dam project in light of recent revelations. Since elected I’ve continued to point out the economic folly of moving forward with Site C at this time. I’ve expressed concerns on the effect it will have on our credit rating; I’ve pointed out that there are cheaper alternatives like wind or geothermal which would allow supply to keep pace with demand. I’ve also called on the government to broaden BC Hydro’s scope to allow for production of geothermal power.Read more
Today in the legislature I was given the opportunity to respond to last week’s budget.
In the details of my speech below, you will see that I have tried to highlight both what I support in the budget and what I do not support.Read more
Over the course of the last two days, MLAs have been debating the Speech from the Throne. As I noted on Tuesday after the 4th session of the 40th parliament of the Province of British Columbia was opened, I am of the view that despite mounting challenges facing families in British Columbia, the Throne Speech advanced no new ideas about how to grow the economy or help those who are most in need. I will be offering my response in the Legislature on Monday.Read more
The Fall 2014 session of the Legislature has concluded with the passage of the LNG emission and taxation bills. Watch Andrew Weaver report on the debates and votes, along with events and issues that affect the riding of Oak Bay – Gordon Head and everyone around the province.Read more
Today I mailed out 84 copies of a book I received from the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). Each MLA in the BC Legislature will receive their personal copy today. The book is written as a graphic novel with its content grounded in a detailed report published by the WBGU in 2011 entitled: World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability.Read more
Both the NDP and the Liberals voted to move Bill 6 – the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act to committee stage. In doing so, they voted for what I believe is ultimately a Generational Sell-out – one which will cost us the opportunity to forge a new path to develop a 21st century economy for British Columbia.
I stood alone and voted against this bill because it is fundamentally irresponsible.
B.C. finds itself at a crossroads.
It has a clear choice to make: do we support our government’s generational sellout to fulfill its hyperbolic election campaign promises — an all-in approach on LNG — or do we instead continue down the path we started to take in 2008 where we established our continent leading climate policies?Read more