Conservation Voters of BC

February 28, 2005 For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Price – 250-661-2965

BC’S FIRST MLA TRACKER LAUNCHED

(Victoria, BC) Today the Conservation Voters of BC (CVBC) launched an online system to keep track of what BC’s elected officials think about the environment. Statements on the public record – from Hansard or in the media – will be logged for voters to use to hold their representatives accountable.

“With party discipline it’s sometimes hard to know which MLA’s are responsible on environmental issues, and which ones aren’t,” said Matt Price, Coordinator of CVBC. “But, voters can get a pretty good idea of where their representatives stand when you see what – if anything – they are saying on the environment.”

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 “junk science” (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
 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. “Over 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,” said Price.

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