To The Editor:
In the lead up to the 2019 federal election MP Wayne Stetski talks a good line on climate change, but can we rely on him to oppose BC minority NDP and federal Liberal government fossil fuel expansion policies?
When Burnaby-South NDP MP Kennedy Stewart was arrested alongside Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, in opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, Wayne and the rest of the BC NDP federal caucus were publicly silent.
When the Green Party stood aside to support election of Jagmeet Singh in Burnaby-South, he then came out in support of BC NDP and federal Liberal expansion of LNG production and tax subsidies during an interview with Evan Solomon.
Again Wayne was publicly silent.
The NDP say we are in a climate emergency, but in all fourteen votes in the BC Legislature they have supported LNG expansion, increasing tax subsidies for fossil fuel development, and as a minority government continue to allow use of fracking; and their federal leader attended the Raptors celebration instead of the House of Commons climate debate.
Wayne also says he supports cross party collaboration and co-operation on climate change, and then turns around and misleads voters on the content of the Green Party’s “Mission Possible” document, which mentions job creation explicitly in three of its twenty points and implicitly in four more: 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16.
Andrew Weaver and the BC Green caucus, Elizabeth May and now Paul Manly, are consistently opposing and voting against BC LNG expansion, increasing fossil fuel tax subsidies and continuing fracking. As our youth are correctly pointing out to us: we cannot both simultaneously say we are in a climate emergency and then turn around and vote for politicians who, by their silence and actions, support fossil fuel production expansion and use.
Andy Shadrack, Kaslo, BC