Looking for answers

Reader asks provincial and federal governments for more climate change information

This letter to the editor is a follow up to my previous late March 2019 letter about the carbon effect and GHGs.

In the making of this letter, I ran into problems getting responses to questions asked of our elected leaders in both the provincial and federal parties. I had asked Premier Horgan just what science the provincial NDP party use to base their carbon pricing on. This I started on March 13, 2019. So far nothing has been responded too. The premier’s office either doesn’t know or is unwilling to answer the question. So I moved on to the actual minister responsible for the environment here in B.C., George Heyman. I asked the same question on April 11 as I had asked the premier’s office. Seems easy enough. Nope, nothing. Not a peep from the B.C. NDP?

Moving past the NDP quietness I went federal. I emailed Catherine McKenna, the federal minister of environment and climate change, a more advanced question as this has to do with the whole country versus the province I live in. I asked just what science did they use (federal Liberals) and who/where they received their information from to claim that carbon was the GHG (greenhouse gas) that the tax would be based on. I sent this email April 2; you know the day that she went on the news media and made the big claim about the evil carbon and also the unsubstantiated claim that Canada was warming twice as fast as the rest of the world.

Trudeau revised that a few days later by saying it was three times faster. So anyways I kept emailing weekly until eventually, I would get an answer. Surely this office would have a copy of this information available as it is so important and continuously in the news and on everyone’s minds but nope. On May 1, after so many emails they forwarded my email/inquiry to Environment and Climate Change Canada office. They also mentioned that they were really busy and that it could be a dozen weeks or so?

So, here’s a question to everybody that reads this, why are these elected officials not being upfront with us? We must remember them in the future.

Len Luke

Okanagan Falls

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