VICTORIA, B.C. — B.C. Premier Christy Clark is inviting British Columbians to tell government what they would like to see in B.C.’s Climate Leadership Plan — which will be released later this spring.
The Government says the next public engagement for the Climate Leadership Plan, which is aimed to reflect the values of British Columbians, will launch on this Monday, Jan. 25 and run for 60 days.
“The input British Columbians have provided to date has been very helpful as we develop B.C.’s new Climate Leadership Plan,” said Premier Clark.
“Now is the time to engage even further in the conversation, as we seek to build on our global leadership through our next set of climate actions.”
The first public engagement ran last summer, which was on a web-based format, similar to this one. Ipsos Reid will be conducting public polling, and sector-specific industry consultations will also be taking place.
Also in the announcement, Premier Clark says she will chair a new cabinet working group on climate leadership that will oversee government’s climate actions and policies, while considering future climate action goals. Environment Minister Mary Polak is the vice-chair.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong, Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Minister Shirley Bond, Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Peter Fassbender, and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman are also part of this new group.
Mary Polak says forming the group reflects one of the recommendations from the Climate Leadership Team.
“This group will help us to make sure we keep our government’s climate actions current and ensure we remain on pace to achieve our emissions reduction targets,” she added.
“British Columbians’ input will help strengthen our final Climate Leadership Plan and ensure that it represents the values and actions that British Columbians support,” said e xecutive director of Clean Energy Canada and member of the Climate Leadership Team, Merran Smith.
“We applaud the appointment of this cabinet committee on climate change. It is a good step and signals the priority that government is giving to meaningful climate action.”
The Province’s final Climate Leadership Plan will be released this spring. It will include new climate actions to drive down emissions and how it will help support the economy.