Thursday, March 31, 2016

Example of my work as Opposition Spokesperson for Agriculture

Save Hullcar Aquifer Team spokesperson Al Price (left) and Brian 
Upper, chairperson of the Steele Springs Water District (right), 
share the history of living with a water quality advisory for two 
years with visiting NDP MLAs George Heyman (from left), Lana 
Popham and Scott Fraser Tuesday in Spallumcheen. 
— Image Credit: Roger Knox/Morning Star
“The pressure George and Lana are putting on in the Legislature is getting us more mileage than anything else,” said Price, who met with Shuswap Liberal MLA Greg Kyllo for two hours in Kyllo’s hometown of Sicamous on Monday to discuss the matter.

As the Official Opposition Spokesperson for Agriculture and Food, I work on farming issues around the province. Often this work is covered extensively by local media but does not get as much coverage elsewhere.

The article below by Roger Knox and  reprinted from the Vernon Morning Star is one example. My colleagues and I have repeatedly raised this matter in the BC Legislature and we are continuing to work actively on this file. 

March 29, 2016 · 2:13 PM 

They've been putting pressure on the B.C. Liberal government during Legislature sessions to do something about the quality of drinking water in Spallumcheen.
On Tuesday, a trio of NDP MLAs had a first-hand look at what they’ve been asking questions about.
George Heyman (Vancouver-Fairview), Lana Popham (Saanich South) and Scott Fraser (Alberni-Pacific Rim) visited Spallumcheen, where a water quality advisory was issued two years ago for the Steele Springs Water District, private well users and Splatsin Band members who use the Hullcar aquifer as its main water source after high nitrate levels were recorded.
A large dairy farm operation above the aquifer has been identified as the “likely” source of the contamination, caused by the spraying of liquid manure.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BC Government is failing to fight climate change

There is only one true measure of climate leadership: Are your carbon emissions going up, or are they going down? Under Premier Christy Clark they have grown steadily and are on track to grow more.

Here is the undeniable evidence that shows how Christy Clark is making B.C. a climate failure:

Emissions have gone up, not down

Even Christy Clark’s ministers can’t deny it. Environment Minister Mary Polak said on February 29 2016 in the legislature, “Emissions are going up again, and we are going to have to do more if we're going to see them start to trend down.”

The fact is, under Premier Christy Clark, emissions have gone up every year – they've risen by more than 4 per cent since she became premier.

Emissions are expected to get worse under Christy Clark

Current policies in B.C. would see emissions climb 32 per cent between 2013 and 2030, according to a recent Environment Canada report to the UN. In other provinces like Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, emissions are projected to go down.

The Christy Clark government’s own working group, the Climate Leadership Team, says we’ll miss our 2020 target, even if we implement all of their recommendations. They recommend that B.C. cut emissions 40 per cent by 2030.

Premier Clark refuses to take important steps on carbon

The premier brought in a bill that exempts 70 per cent of LNG emissions from regulation, gutted the energy conservation LiveSmart program, issued a generational blow to transit in the Lower Mainland through her made-to-fail referendum, and froze the carbon tax for at least five years.

British Columbians were promised better by this government and they deserve better.