How to be a climate voter

Consider the following:

 

Who in your riding has climate policies that you agree with?
  • See our Climate Report below to assess which parties have platforms and commitments you support
  • Be sure to research the candidates in your riding to evaluate their individual positions on climate
Which of these candidates has the best chance of winning in your riding?
  • Consider not only the success of each party as a whole in the previous election,  but also which candidates were successful in your riding. Find your riding under our How to Vote tab, and check out the 2013 Voting Results by Voting Area on the Elections BC website to see the distribution of votes.

2013 BC Provincial Election Results

Source: CBC http://www.cbc.ca/news2/canada/bcvotes2013/
Climate Report

Assess major party platforms and how their promises respond to four climate-related pillars:

The Pillars
BC Liberals
BC NDP
BC Greens
Energy and Pipelines
  • Actively supports the Kinder Morgan Pipeline
  • No plan to reduce emissions until after 2030, and no plan in place to meet BC’s legislated 2020 and 2050 targets
  • Proposes to increase subsidies to fossil fuels industries
  • Opposes the Kinder Morgan Pipeline
  • Proposes new 2030 emissions target (40% by 2030)
  • Proposes increases in the carbon tax from $30 to $50/tonne by 2022, and plans to divert funds toward low-carbon infrastructure
  • Opposes the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and stands in opposition to all raw bitumen export projects
  • Supports substantive increases in the BC Carbon Tax
  • Supports investment in infrastructure for sustainable transportation
Clean Democracy
  • Receives contributions from oil and gas industry, as well as coal and mining companies (estimated at least $8.9 million since 2005)

 

  • Introduced bill to end corporate and union donations in the Legislature 5 times since 2005, and promised to continue efforts to do so if elected
  • Instituted a ban on corporate and union donations to all political parties

 

 

Secure Economy
  • Supports job creation in conventional industries (i.e. Liquefied Natural Gas)

 

  • Promises to divert carbon tax revenue into green job-creating infrastructure projects such as new transit and clean technology.
  • Promises to support workers in the transition toward a renewable energy economy

 

Indigenous Sovereignty
  • Approved the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, Prosperity Mine, Site C Dam and Petronas LNG Terminal, despite opposition from local First Nations

 

 

  • Supports the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Supports the creation of  Commission on Forestry to allow for greater accountability and participation from BC First Nations
  • Advocates for greater Indigenous involvement in environmental review processes for projects like the Kinder Morgan Pipeline