The BC Liberal pre-election spending spree continues, with Premier Christy Clark announcing $150-million in new funding for a tree-planting program.
Clark says the initiative will do double duty: both helping the environment and creating an estimated 3,000 jobs in rural and northern B.C.
“We can balance looking after looking after our magnificent environment at the same time as we are looking after opportunities and creating jobs for British Columbians who need them, and today’s announcement is an example of that,” Clark says.
The one-time cash payment will go to the Forest Enhancement Society of BC, who got $85-million in similar funding last year.
Clark says the new trees will capture carbon, helping the province meet its targets under last year’s Climate Leadership Plan.
“Let’s never forget that the most basic solution is mother nature’s solution. And that’s sequestering carbon in our forests. Planting more trees is good for fighting climate change.”
That plan was widely panned by environmentalists, who called it “watered down” for freezing the carbon tax and failing to curb emissions for another decade.