February 28, 2005 For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Price – 250-661-2965
BCâ€™S FIRST MLA TRACKER LAUNCHED
(Victoria, BC) Today the Conservation Voters of BC (CVBC) launched an online system to keep track of what BCâ€™s elected officials think about the environment. Statements on the public record â€“ from Hansard or in the media â€“ will be logged for voters to use to hold their representatives accountable.
â€œWith party discipline itâ€™s sometimes hard to know which MLAâ€™s are responsible on environmental issues, and which ones arenâ€™t,â€ said Matt Price, Coordinator of CVBC. â€œBut, voters can get a pretty good idea of where their representatives stand when you see what â€“ if anything â€“ they are saying on the environment.â€
Highlights logged in the tracking system from the current legislative session include:
* Bill Bennett bucks the trend towards sustainable energy and promotes coal-fired power generation for BC
* Jeff Bray takes the initiative on incentives for public transit
* Dennis MacKay says â€œjunk scienceâ€ (a term employed by the US radical right) is getting in the way of the Tulsequah Chief mine
* Joy MacPhail holds the government to account for cutbacks to forestry staff
ï‚§ Val Roddick demands answers on behalf of her constituents about proposed high-voltage power lines in her riding, and promotes sustainable agriculture
In a few weeks time, CVBC will announce its first endorsements of candidates for the May 17 election. â€œOver time, this tracking system will inform our endorsement process, as well as inform any voter with access to the Internet about the environmental positions of their local elected representative,â€ said Price.