Peace River-Westlock candidates: thoughts on climate change

(From left) Conservative candidate Arnold Vierson, Peoples Party of Canada candidate John Schrader, Liberal candidate Leslie Penny and Green Party candidate Peter Nygaard. Taryn Brandell

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Each candidate was given one minute to respond to the question: What is your party’s plan to address climate change and how will that plan help business of all sectors and sizes in the economy to compete, grow and create jobs in Canada?

Leslie Penny, Liberal

The Liberal Party stood by the implementation of a carbon tax in Canada, despite the negative feedback from a number of Canadian citizens.

“The reading I’ve done states that a tax on carbon is the one way to reduce the amount of carbon that goes into our atmosphere,” said Penny. “I don’t really care whether or not carbon causes climate change but I do know that it is one of the pollutants that comes out of the tailpipe of the car I drive and that we need to pay when we pollute.”

She argued that pollution, regardless of where it comes from, is something many have ignored and never paid the price for.

“We put a price on pollution so we can afford come up with ways to [eliminate] that pollution.”

 

John Schrader, Peoples Party of Canada

The PPC’s environmental plan has a focus on measurable solutions. Their platform indicates that CO2 is not a pollutant rather an essential ingredient needed for plant growth.

“We’re not going to have any sort of carbon tax,” said Schrader. “We don’t believe there is a consensus in science, we believe that in order for something to be considered scientific it needs to be testable and refutable.

“And I’m not seeing that with any of the propaganda that’s coming out in the media.”

Arnold Vierson, Conservative Party of Canada

The Conservatives will have a focus on technology rather than additional taxation and taking the “fight” to a global scale.

“We’ve introduced a tax credit for bringing patents, if you bring forward a patent that will eliminate CO2, we will give you a tax credit,” said Vierson. “This will allow you to export that patent around the world.”

When talking about helping local business, the Conservatives will also introduce a home renovation tax credit for any who “green-up” their homes/businesses.

Peter Nygaard, Green Party

The Green Party’s entire platform addresses climate change and creating a clean, healthy environment for everyone to enjoy.

In terms of creating jobs and helping businesses, they will be looking for tradesmen to create more efficient buildings with the addition of exoskeletons.

“We use less energy which means we have more energy to spare,” said Nygaard. “That’s the wave of future, we need to get buildings more energy efficient.”

“There will be a carbon tax, but it will go back to the people, it’s a dividend.”

More to follow…

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