News item from BC Liberal PR man Tom Fletcher:
Kevin Falcon was in Fort St. John Monday to announce his “Northern Prosperity Agenda” that promises more provincial money for resource roads and a reduction of “onerous” Agricultural Land Reserve restrictions on the use of area farmland.
From Vancouver Sun’s Craig McInnes:
One of the big elephants in the room with provincial Liberal leadership candidates has started to trumpet. And at least one would-be premier has heard the call.
An influential business group that staunchly supported Premier Gordon Campbell has called on the government to put the brakes on one of the central themes of his time in office — the fight against climate change.
Without revealing any details, Kevin Falcon, one of three candidates campaigning Monday in energy-rich northeastern B.C., said that while he is proud of what the government has done so far on that front, elements of the campaign will need to be revised. He is the first to publicly break ranks with Campbell on the issue.
Shall we review what Kevin Falcon is paying in return for financial support to his leadership campaign?
- Provincial money for resource roads, so energy companies are not burdened with the cost of building private roads to their sites;
- Brakes on the fight against climate change, although, any change will have us going in reverse. However, what energy companies want is more “self-regulation.”
- Reduction of onerous Agricultural Land Reserve restrictions. This is the fastest route to fortune and besides, farmland is the easiest land on which developers can build houses and strip malls. We can import food we need anyway. That’s great global business, ship oil and gas to the USA and import broccoli from Chile or Mexico.