British Columbia’s 2020 election

2020-10-26

in Canada, Daily updates, Economics, Politics, The environment

I’m not celebrating NDP premier John Horgan’s successful gamble on an election to secure a majority government. For one thing, I think minority governments which sometimes seek support from the Greens are likely to enact more responsible climate change policies. For another, I have been consistently frustrated by the NDP’s inconsistent and inadequate positions on climate change.

Both federally and provincially I think it would be desirable for the left-wing parties (Liberals, NDP, and Greens) to adopt a Pact for Humanity in which they pledge to at least keep in place their predecessors’ climate change mitigation policies. That would help give some certainty to industries, municipalities, and individuals who are deciding whether to invest in fossil fuel infrastructure or alternatives. Of course, there would still be uncertainty from possible future Conservative governments which will roll everything back, but it’s better than having the left remain split on what approach to take and left-wing parties competing with each other about whether to support industry at the expense of the environment, keep tightening carbon restrictions in line with the best scientific and economic advice, or keep jumping unproductively between one approach to GHG regulation and another.

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Milan October 26, 2020 at 6:06 pm

On the previous NDP-Green agreement in BC: 10 Potential Game-Changers in B.C.’s NDP-Green Agreement

. October 26, 2020 at 7:10 pm
Alena Prazak October 28, 2020 at 1:23 pm

I agree with you completely. The NDP is not committed to an environmental plan and they just play with the Greens. It is interesting to note that if we had Proportional Representation, the Greens would have gotten about 17 seats.

Milan October 28, 2020 at 2:11 pm

People would also vote differently under proportional representation — probably more for small parties which are punished under first past the post.

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