B.C. voters create opportunity for renewed climate leadershipPembina Institute reacts to results of 2017 provincial election

May 10, 2017

The Parliament Buildings in Victoria are home to B.C.’s legislative assembly. Photo: Province of B.C.

VANCOUVER / COAST SALISH TERRITORY — Josha MacNab, B.C. director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the results of the 2017 B.C. election

“While the ultimate outcome of this week’s provincial election is yet to be determined, British Columbians have clearly shown an appetite for change. Indeed, voters have handed the major parties a golden opportunity to work together to reestablish B.C.’s leadership on clean growth and climate action.

“It’s significant that John Horgan’s NDP and Andrew Weaver’s Greens won around 57% of the popular vote in combination. In their election platforms, both parties promised to reverse the trend of inadequate climate policies that we saw under the B.C. Liberals’ watch.

“Due to Liberal government inaction in recent years, B.C. is guaranteed to miss its legislated 2020 target for reducing carbon pollution and is far off track to meeting its 2050 target. So it’s positive that both the NDP and the Greens have committed to adopting the Climate Leadership Team’s recommended 2030 target. The election results represent a must-seize opportunity to get back on track.

“The next government has the chance to build a B.C. that remains competitive as the world transitions to a clean economy, and stand up for affordability. This is key to ensuring prosperity for all British Columbians over the long term. We look forward to working with all parties to create green jobs and secure a healthy and sustainable future for B.C.’s families and communities.”

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Contact

Stephen Hui
Communications Lead, Pembina Institute
778-987-7654
stephenh@pembina.org
Tw: @StephenHui

Background

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About the Pembina Institute

The Pembina Institute is a non-profit think-tank that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean energy transition. We have offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. Learn more: www.pembina.org

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