VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The province’s NDP leadership candidates faced off in a debate over environmental issues held in Vancouver this afternoon.
Mike Farnworth said another Liberal win will mean the environment will take a back seat. “Species at risk legislation, ground water protection, giving local communities greater authority over watersheds. None of those things are going to happen. What we’ll see is a government that does things like cut the environmental protection budget by 30 per cent.”
Meanwhile, Adrian Dix said it was time to get people interested in voting again.
Dix said the way to entice people to the ballot box is to give them something specific to vote for. “That includes using carbon tax revenues for public transit, for rural education and for green infrastructure. And we have to do that, that is not easy, so that is why I’ve proposed to roll back the last three big business cuts in British Columbia.”
He says if the NDP comes up with specific measures on the economy and the environment, the party will win the next election.