Friday, April 26, 2013

Candidates Discuss Green Issues At Forum

Vernon Monashee forum at Schubert CentreThe Vernon Monashee candidates were talking about green issues at a forum Thursday night  at the Schubert Centre.

About 100 people attended the event put on by the Sustainable Environment Network Society.

One question asked if the candidates would endorse using the outfall pipe to dispose of Vernon's treated waste water, as recommended in the core service review.

Liberal Eric Foster said it would be "political suicide," Conservative Scott Anderson said he would like to see a referendum on the issue, New Democrat Mark Olsen was opposed, and independent Korry Zepik felt other methods should be tried.

Some of the topics included dealing with genetically modified organisms, making farming viable, the bounty on BC wolves, and rebates for electric cars.

All the candidates said they would support pushing for government grants to offset the costs of separating the farming and domestic water supply in Greater Vernon.

The talk by the end of the night had the hopefuls giving their take on legalizing marijuana and using hemp for more products.

Candidates Eric Foster, Mark Olsen and Korry Zepik all supported keeping the carbon tax but Conservative Scott Anderson says his party will scrap it.

He says it's unfair to farmers who can't be expected to plow their fields with bicycles.

The one candidate who could have got the loudest cheers was Rebecca Helps of the Green Party who lives in Port Moody, and couldn't make it..


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

She would be more helpful in Port Moody.

Less carbon wasted commuting here too.

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