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Letter: B.C. NDP climate plan demonstrates economic leadership

B.C. must seize the economic opportunity of a clean growth century or risk being left behind.

Some thoughts regarding the recent news article in the Feb. 13 Penticton Western News, BCNDP leader Horgan questions Liberals moves.

With B.C.’s carbon pollution going up and this rise projected to continue, it is very encouraging to see a strong commitment to get B.C. back on track to meeting its emissions reduction goals.

We are pleased to see the commitment to implementing the recommendations of the premier’s Climate Leadership Team, which plot a course to significantly reduce B.C.’s carbon pollution — in particular, the pledge to adopt the proposed 2030 target and sector-by-sector targets for emissions. These steps forward would ensure the province takes action now to create green jobs and secure a sustainable future for B.C.’s families, communities, and economy, rather than leaving the hard work for a later day.

Building a B.C. that remains competitive as the world transitions to a clean economy, while defending affordability, is key to ensuring prosperity for all British Columbians over the long term. Articulating a clear plan to meet the federal carbon pricing schedule while standing up for B.C. families demonstrates important leadership on this front.

We can’t afford to waffle and wait any longer. B.C. must seize the economic opportunity of a clean growth century or risk being left behind.

Josha MacNab

B.C. director at the Pembina Institute

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