The platform focused on improving the resilience of BC communities and
“COVID-19 has underscored the need to make our province more
resilient in the face of crisis and change,” said Furstenau.
“This plan takes proactive steps to strengthen our province amidst
challenges like climate change and an uncertain global economy.”
“We need to take decisive action to ensure all every community in BC has
access to clean drinking water, basic food security and adequate emergency
resources. We must also ensure that the benefits of BC’s natural resources flow
to our local communities in a fair, equitable manner.”
Furstenau’s platform includes the following policies:
1. Create a Resilient BC Strategy to:
o Protect communities from wildfires and flooding through landscape level, ecologically-centred, forest treatment projects.
o Build capacity in communities at risk of extreme weather events and natural disasters and to support effective disaster response and recovery.
o Diversify fuel sources in rural communities to assist with transition off of diesel generators to cleantech through a lease to own cleantech transition program.
Create jobs throughout the province by
investing in ecological and biodiversity protection programs.
Recognize that access to clean water is
a human right and ensure B.C. communities have long-term, reliable and
equitable access to clean water.
Create a Food Secure BC strategy to
make BC agriculture more climate resilient, improve local food security and
support agricultural producers.
Consult with industry, labour and
stakeholders to ensure the benefits of BC resource benefit source communities,
with the ultimate aim of sharing resource revenues with local First Nations,
municipalities, and regional districts.
5. Further our
investment in value-added wood-based industries through research funding and
access to fibre.
First Nations, municipalities, and regional districts as partners in a broader
area-based land use planning process.
policies to increase community forests lands.
8. Immediately halt logging of old-growth forests that are at critically low levels.