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MLA’S CORNER: NDP’s CleanBC to cost British Columbians

‘We need a common sense approach to climate change that will reduce emissions’: Doerkson
Lorne Doerkson is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin. (Black Press Media file photos)

The NDP’s approach to climate change is not working. Emissions are not going down and a new report released by the Business Council of British Columbia has exposed the devastating effects CleanBC will have on the economy.

According to the government’s own data, this CostBC scheme will shrink the economy by $28 billion over the next 10 years and lead to the loss of around 200,000 jobs.

Even worse, family incomes will be reduced by over $11,000 every single year.

We are in the middle of an affordability crisis, gas, groceries, and housing have never been more expensive. This is $11,000 that needs to be left in people’s pockets.

CleanBC is a total disaster that is not only putting our province’s future at risk but is failing at its main goals.

All of this damage to the provincial economy and family bank accounts, and yet not a single NDP emissions target has been hit.

We need a common sense approach to climate change that will reduce emissions while actually growing our economy —not destroying it.

That’s why BC United will scrap the NDP’s CostBC scheme and replace it with common sense measures that get real climate results while creating jobs, increasing incomes, and lowering taxes.

In severe seasons, wildfires exceed 300 percent of B.C.’s annual emissions, we’ll hit fires hard and fast with a modernized and overhauled wildfire service. This will significantly reduce our province’s carbon emissions.

We will go all-in on B.C. LNG to replace the use of dirty coal abroad, reducing global emissions, while creating jobs and growing our economy right here in British Columbia.

We can reduce emissions and build a strong economy, but it takes bold leadership and a real plan. BC United has done it before, and we will do it again.

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