BC Election 2017: BC Liberals and the environment in detail

Apr 21 2017, 12:14 am

Ahead of the 2017 BC election, Daily Hive has produced a range of guides to the key issues affecting young voters. To find all the guides and our full BC Election coverage, click here: Battleground BC.

With a province as beautiful as BC, it should be no surprise that the environment is on the mind of many voters heading into the provincial election on May 9.

All three parties have their own environmental strategy. Here’s what the BC Liberals told Daily Hive about their plan.

“British Columbia’s natural beauty is rightfully a point of pride for British Columbians – it is also a gift to the world, and we have a responsibility to enhance and protect it.”

More new campsites

The BC Liberals would add 1,900 more campsites to the provincial inventory under what they call the BC Parks Future (BCPFS) Strategy.

The strategy also includes providing recreation services, expanding public partnership with BC Parks, and redefining BC Parks’ relationship with First Nations communities.

The BC Liberals plan to spend $149 million on parks and environmental protection, including enforcement of the Environmental Management Act, and enhanced reforestation.

That also includes a $40-million investment in the Clean Energy Vehicle program.

The party has also promised to launch a BC Parks Cathedral Grove masterplan to help protect the old-growth forest on Vancouver Island.

The BC Liberals would also invest $1.8 million to help keep invasive species out of BC.

As well, the party plans to invest $27 million to boost the caribou recovery program, and give $5 million to the new Wildlife Society to help them manage and grow habitat.

Site C and Kinder Morgan

The BC Liberals have pledged to continue building the Site C dam on the Peace River in north-eastern British Columbia.

The party is also standing by its approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion through Burnaby Mountain, providing the oil giant meets five requirements.

Those requirements include completing the environmental review process, and offering world-leading marine and land oil spill response, prevention and recovery systems.

Meanwhile, the party says it would restore the clean electricity intertie between BC and Alberta, “helping our neighbour transition off dirty coal power to more green energy.”

The BC Liberals say they would also freeze carbon tax until 2021, and encourage the use of biomass as a source of energy.

To find more guides to all the issues and our full BC Election coverage, click here: Battleground BC.

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