B.C. Green Party leader says he’s lost confidence in the province’s Environment Minister and is calling for her to step down.
Andrew Weaver says Mary Polak and the government have failed to do their job.
Weaver says there’s been too many failures including response to the Mount Polley disaster, Shawinigan Lake, and the latest diesel spill near Bella Bella where an American tug boat ran aground and sank.
He says the government should already have adequate equipment in place to respond to that incident.
“We should have for example helicopter pilots on standby and under contract to be able to respond up and down the coast. People should be trained up and down the coast. If you’re going to be shipping tankers you need to have people in local communities up and down the coast trained and able to respond.”
He says Environment Polak has neglected her responsibilities time and time again.
“We have the climate policy which is not a policy, it’s more of ‘let people think or pretend to people’ when you’re doing something when you’re actually doing very little, in fact you’re going backwards. We have the issue of Mount Polley, now we found out last week that we Mining Watch Canada our taking the BC government to court over this and the response and we have the Shawinigan Lake issue.
In a statement to CKNW, the ministry says the government’s work to protect the environment has been extensive.
Whether launching a first ever provincial spill response plan, legislating emissions limits on LNG facilities or maintaining the highest and broadest carbon price in North America, British Columbia is far ahead of the rest of Canada.