"A step backwards for climate action." That's how three environmental organizations described the provincial New Democrat's campaign platform during a media briefing today, stating the "positive ideas" included in that document are "insufficient to compensate" for the party's promise to cancel the carbon tax. At the same time, they applauded the Liberals for taking British Columbia from being a climate change "laggard to leader in four years" by introducing that tax, among other measures. But those organizations - the David Suzuki Foundation, ForestEthics and The Pembina Institute - don't represent movement as a whole.
In fact, almost a year ago, 16 such organizations united to support that Campbell administration's carbon tax. So why did just three of them participate in that briefing? That's the question we posed to Pembina Institute British Columbia energy solutions director Matt Horne. And here's what he had to say.