On April 21, 2017 the BCSEA hosted a 2017 Election webinar on behalf of the Energy Forum, with representatives from the three major political parties. The Energy Forum is a collaboration of British Columbian power producers, industry associations, and non-government organizations that are working together to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the nexus of energy, climate and ecosystems. The member organizations share an interest in promoting environmental stewardship of healthy rivers and abundant salmon as an important means of enhancing social license and overall support for sustainable clean energy development in our Province.
The 2017 Provincial Election webinar was a roundtable forum, with party candidates responding to a selection of questions from the Energy Forum, and from the audience. The goal was to provide information on where each party stands on issues related to the energy industry and growth of a low-carbon economy in BC.
Party representatives included George Heyman, NDP candidate for Vancouver - Fairview. George served as the Opposition spokesperson for the Environment, Green Economy and Technology, previous to his role as an MLA, he was the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of BC, and was head of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union.
We were also joined by Jordan Sturdy, BC Liberals candidate for West Vancouver - Sea to Sky. Jordan held the roles of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Chair of the Climate Leadership Team. He was previously the Mayor of Pemberton where his family owns and operates a farm.
Representing the BC Green Party was Party Leader, Andrew Weaver, who is also the candidate for the Oak Bay - Gordon Head riding. Andrew is a professor at the University of Victoria and has acted as the lead author of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th scientific assessments.
A recording of the webinar can be found on the BCSEA YouTube channel.