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BC Green party releases plan to rebuild provincial economy after COVID-19, with focus on climate action

BY , Oct 10, 2020 12:17 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

B.C. Green party Leader Sonia Furstenau pauses while responding to questions during a campaign stop in Squamish, B.C., on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The BC Green party has released its plan to rebuild the provincial economy after COVID-19 with a focus on climate action.

Campaigning in Nanaimo, Leader Sonia Furstenau says the Green promise goes even further than the existing Clean BC plan, which she says never would have happened under the minority NDP government if not for her party.

Furstenau says a Green government would initiate a just transition program for workers to move to guaranteed jobs in the clean economy.

The plan would establish a 1 billion dollar strategic investment fund to support business innovation, especially initiatives that would help BC shift to a zero carbon economy.

The Greens would also immediately reinstate the scheduled carbon tax increase and return to regular increases of 10 dollars per year.

Other initiatives include requiring 100 per cent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035 and committing to make BC carbon neutral by 2045.

Furstenau criticized the NDP for subsidizing the oil and gas industry at the same time as claiming to work to stop climate change.

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