2016 B.C. Byelection Candidate SurveyVancouver–Mount Pleasant and Coquitlam–Burke Mountain candidates’ responses

Publication - Jan. 29, 2016 - By Stephen Hui, Matt Horne

The Pembina Institute invited all candidates in the Vancouver–Mount Pleasant and Coquitlam–Burke Mountain byelections on February 2 to compete a brief survey on climate-change issues in British Columbia.

Candidates were asked to complete the survey and submit their responses by January 27.

Survey questions

B.C.’s Climate Leadership Team has delivered a package of recommendations to the provincial government on how to reduce carbon pollution, regain its climate leadership and maintain a strong economy. The team was composed of experts from the business, academic and environmental communities as well as representatives from the provincial government, First Nations and local governments.

  1. Do you support these recommendations forming the basis for the province’s forthcoming Climate Leadership Plan?
  2. Do you support the Climate Leadership Team’s recommendation to increase B.C.’s carbon tax by $10 per tonne per year starting in 2018 (and use the revenue to lower the PST from 7% to 6%, protect low-income households, and implement measures to maintain the competiveness of emissions-intensive industry)?
  3. Do you support the Climate Leadership Team’s recommendation to require all new buildings to be super energy-efficient (i.e. capable of meeting most of their energy needs with onsite renewable energy) within the next 10 years?
  4. Do you support the Climate Leadership Team’s recommendation to require an increasing percentage of light-duty vehicles sold in the province be zero-emission vehicles (rising to 30% by 2030)?

Survey results

Eight of the nine byelection candidates responded to the survey by the deadline.

Vancouver–Mount Pleasant candidates:

  • Gavin Dew (BC Liberal Party)
  • Pete Fry (BC Green Party)
  • Jeremy Gustafson (YPP)
  • Melanie Mark (BC NDP)

Coquitlam–Burke Mountain candidates:

  • Paul Geddes (Libertarian)
  • Joan Isaacs (BC Liberal Party)
  • Joe Keithley (BC Green Party)
  • Jodie Wickens (BC NDP)

The candidates' full survey responses appear in this backgrounder.


Want more information on the B.C. Climate Leadership Plan from the Pembina Institute? Sign up for updates by emailing ClimateLeadership@pembina.org.


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