Comox Mayor Paul Ives must be shaking his head.
Last year, Premier Christy Clark appeared to be on the right track when she called on the BC Climate Leadership Team, which includes Ives among the scientists, academics, economists, business and community leaders, and First Nations reps. She asked them to draft recommendations for BC’s climate plan.
They came up with 32 excellent recommendations, released in November.
Months later, no action from Christy. What happened? She has apparently changed course, appointing a former director of the Fraser Institute, Fazil Mihlar, as Deputy Environment Minister in charge of climate action. Not exactly subtle. Rather, it’s very clear she has no intention of seriously addressing climate change.
The Fraser Institute ‘think tank’ is well documented in its climate-denying, and for having the notorious Koch Brothers as key funders.
Mihlar has even gone as far as suggesting school children should watch climate-denying documentaries in schools.
Poor Mayor Ives. The consultation he and others put their hearts and minds to was clearly a sham.
To maintain any credibility, Christy must get Mihlar out of that role and implement the recommendations by the BC Climate Leadership Team.
Christy, think of the damage being done to the world you are leaving for your children.
Be a real leader, do something valuable for them, for BC, for all species.