Deputy BC Green Leader Visits P.G.
Prince George, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, deputy leader of the BC Greens, says her party will be pushing to ensure communities affected by wildfires in British Columbia get the economic assistance they need.
She made the comments at the tail end of a visit of northern communities in Prince George Thursday.
“Absolutely. These communities are suffering enormously right now and I’ve heard all these stories of incredible generosity and hospitality – particularly in Prince George,” Furstenau said. “People are going to need a lot of support to get through this crisis.”
And once this crisis passes, she said a lot of long-term thinking will also be necessary.
“So, what do we need to learn from these wildfire seasons and how are we going to start mitigating this?” said Furstenau.
“In the big, big picture, we have to recognize the role that climate change plays in this, but in the more medium range picture there are things we can be doing in the forest that can mitigate the wildfire risk.”
She said government must implement those policies “as quickly as possible so that other communities don’t suffering the way that these communities have suffered this summer.”
250News also asked Furstenau if she felt the four-year agreement her party signed with NDP will last.
“It’s up to the people who are involved in it and it’s up to all of us to do our very best,” she said. “And the agreement is based on good faith and no surprises. So, that’s the start. It’s like a good relationship, you don’t want to be caught off guard or blind-sided by the person you’re in a relationship with.”
With that in mind, didn’t her party – vehemently opposed to the Trans Mountain pipeline – feel blind-sides when B.C. Attorney General David Eby suggested this week his government won’t stall Kinder Morgan’s permits out of fear of being sued?
“No, once you’re in government, there are constraints and they have to be mindful of those legal responsibilities that they have,” Furstenau said.
“I would be disappointed if they weren’t being mindful of that. Our position remains the same and we will work with them as we said in the agreement, on any possible way, legal way, of stopping that pipeline.
“But, we wouldn’t expect the government to do anything that would create the circumstances for them being sued which would cost taxpayers a lot of money.”