The Premier of British Columbia says it is essential to fight climate change, as British Columbia experienced the worst wildfire season in its history in 2023.
British Columbia is a pioneer in carbon taxes in Canada. It has its own provincial taxation program, unlike the majority of other provinces and territories, which are subject to a federal tax.
Recently, Ottawa's announcement to withdraw the carbon tax for homes heated with oil, however, sparked many reactions in the province. We don't want to do what the federal government did, which is protect a certain type of heating, said David Eby.
We believe there should be a price on carbon pollution.
The Prime Minister recalled that the province has been ravaged by forest fires, floods and landslides, and that it is crucial to fight against climate change.
The cost of inaction is our homes, our communities, the path to wildfires. These are our crops, our farms, at risk of being flooded. It is our children who risk losing the nature that surrounds them. They will pay the price, and this place will never be the same.
A quote from David Eby, Premier of British Columbia
David Eby's wife, Cailey Lynch, announced that she was expecting her third child, introducing her husband to Congress on Saturday. We cannot afford to fail, added David Eby.
The British Columbia premier is largely supported by NDP delegates, who gave him 93.1% support following a vote of confidence on Saturday.
Outside the congress, demonstrators for their part expressed their dissatisfaction with the environmental management of the New Democratic government.
About 250 protesters called on the NDP to end hydraulic fracturing, a natural gas extraction process.
Despite assurances from the Prime Minister to fight climate change, they have claimed that ongoing gas operations are fueling weather disasters, such as forest fires and floods.< /p>