Climate Change & the Environment

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BC Parks

BC NDP

Expand popular provincial parks with new campgrounds, trails, and protected areas while increasing funding to improve infrastructure and protect park ecosystems.
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BC Liberals

  • Double number of provincial park campsites in areas with growing demand.
  • Improve safe parking & amenities in high-use day areas.
  • Create a Work Experience for Students programme to provide work-experience opportunities for young people in provincial parks.
  • Improve reservations.

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BC Greens

  • Enhance funding for BC Parks and the Conservation Officer Service.
  • Improve infrastructure and ensure natural ecosystems are not being degraded.
  • Create more campgrounds to meet demand, ensuring grounds don't cut into existing protected areas.
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Carbon tax

BC Liberals

Work with federal government to review scheduled increases in the Carbon Tax in light of the current economic recession.
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BC Greens

Immediately reinstate the schedule carbon tax increase and return to regular and predictable increases in the carbon tax of $10/year.
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Climate resilience

BC Greens

  • Provide $100 million over 4 years to fund climate adaptation initiatives.
  • Build capacity in communities so they can respond safely and effectively to extreme weather and natural disasters.
  • Protect communities from wildfires and flooding through forest management & fuel treatment.
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Conservation

BC NDP

  • Work with adjacent jurisdictions to protect shared wildlife and habitat corridors.
  • Implement recommendations of the Old Growth Strategic Review to protect further old-growth stands.
  • Develop a new coastal strategy.

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BC Liberals

  • Ensure no net loss of wetlands in BC.
  • Take more aggressive control of invasive species.
  • Ensure ongoing restoration of wildlife populations.
  • Accelerate reforestation programmes.
  • Appoint a Minister for Fisheries and Coastlines.

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BC Greens

  • Establish a strategy to manage wetlands.
  • Ensure legislative oversight through legislated objectives for fish and wildlife.
  • Enhance funding for wildlife conservation, habitat protection, & habitat acquisition.
  • Provide legal protection for endangered species.

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Electric bikes

BC NDP

Remove PST on e-bikes.
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BC Greens

  • Remove PST from electric bikes.
  • Require offices and commercial premises to provide secure bike parking with charging capabilities.
  • Create more safe storage options including bike lockers at key locations like transit hubs.
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Electric vehicles

BC NDP

  • Provide a new income-tested incentive on new and used zero-emission vehicles.
  • Increase public vehicle charging availability with incentives and "right-to-charge" legislation for stratas and apartment buildings.

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BC Liberals

Ensure charging stations are widely available.
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BC Greens

  • Require 100% 0-emission non-commercial vehicle sales by 2035.
  • Remove PST on electric vehicles.
  • Work with industry on new incentive programmes.
  • Build public charging infrastructure on all highways.
  • Require multi-unit buildings to have charging infrastructure.

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Emissions

BC NDP

  • Pass legislation requiring BC to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, either through no emissions or through carbon offsets.
  • Invest in made-in-BC carbon capture technology.
  • Empower local governments to set their own carbon pollution performance standards for new buildings.

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BC Liberals

  • Support investments in renewable energy and technology solutions such as carbon capture.
  • Ensure a comprehensive greenhouse gas strategy that reduces emissions while allowing resource development and Indigenous land use.
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BC Greens

  • Commit to being carbon neutral by 2045.
  • Set sectoral targets.
  • Set an interim target for 2025.
  • End oil and gas subsidies, and redirect money to innovation & businesses to help meet our commitments.
  • Develop an accountability framework to ensure targets are met.

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Plastic waste

BC NDP

Ban single-use plastics.
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BC Liberals

Implement a programme to engage the public on reducing plastic and Syrofoam waste in oceans and waterways.
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Retrofits

BC NDP

Spur energy-efficiency upgrades with programmes and incentives for both residential and commercial buildings, including allowing homeowners to take out loans for efficiency upgrades and pay them back overtime through property taxes.

BC Liberals

  • Encourage retrofitting of homes and businesses.
  • Improve the provincial building code to maximize energy-efficiency while avoiding one-size-fits-all costs.
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BC Greens

  • Increase short-term incentives for retrofits.
  • Partner with colleges, technical institutes, and private organisations to develop training programmes to expand employment in green retrofits, focusing on supporting sectors impacted by COVID & a just transition for oil & gas workers.
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Water

BC NDP

Create a watershed security strategy to protect local watersheds.

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BC Greens

  • Allocate $50 million for a dedicated Watershed Security Fund.
  • Expand watershed boards across the province.
  • Implement a Water Sustainability Act.
  • Work with local governments and school districts to upgrade municipal infrastructure and replace household pipes.
  • Ban fracking.

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