VANCOUVER - British Columbia's much-maligned Pacific Carbon Trust will be eliminated and the province's profitable greenhouse gas offset program brought into the government fold, as the provincial gov...
VANCOUVER - An NDP candidate's comments and Liberal attempts to use them to suggest an Adrian Dix government would scupper the province's sprint toward LNG riches are being noted by industry, but obse...
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix has stepped into the increasingly-fractious debate over the export of oil through British Columbia, saying he doesn't want to see Vancouver turned into...
VANCOUVER - The BC Conservative Party says it is committed to shutting down the Pacific Carbon Trust, saying it wastes nearly $20 million in taxpayers' dollars every year.Leader John Cummins calls the...
VICTORIA - A delayed, discredited, but highly-anticipated environmental audit of the British Columbia government's carbon-cutting program by auditor general John Doyle says the pollution-reduction pla...
When Christy Clark took over as premier of British Columbia two years ago, she had a window of opportunity to change taxpayers' perceptions of her government. To improve her chances in the 2013 election, Clark needed to throw out unpopular and unworkable ideas brought in by her predecessor Gordon Campbell. In a symbolic way, she needed to string a huge banner over the B.C. Legislature that said, "Under New Management."
Legislative oversight is fundamental to good government. And with less and less of it, the government does more and more by decree. B.C. isn't well-served by that. In 2012, the B.C. legislature sat for 47 days. Among its numerous legislative duties: to debate and approve a $44-billion budget. Forty-seven days is simply insufficient to do that and everything else well.
The B.C. government's Pacific Carbon Trust has become frighteningly adept at taking taxpayers' money--$14 million last year--and transferring it to big businesses. It's time for the provincial government to scrap the Trust, and end corporate welfare disguised as environmentalism. The numbers prove that transferring tax dollars to companies through the illusion of carbon neutrality is a massive failure.
As B.C. breaks new ground on greenhouse gas management, there will be teething pains. Does this mean we should repeal the requirement of carbon neutral government as some have suggested? Is this really a solution? I think not. As a society we look for leadership by example from our public sector.