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October 2020

NEW - BC: NDP secures a majority government

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The New Democrats have won a majority government in the British Columbia election as voters have given John Horgan a second term. To assist members with a look ahead, the CPA has compiled a list of key election promises the NDP made during the election, broken down into economy, environment, apprenticeship and training. Each category provides opportunities for the propane industry.

Economy

The government plans to create a new $3 billion fund to build needed community infrastructure and create jobs for local workers. It is likely the community infrastructure will include retrofit and upgrades to low income housing and public buildings such as recreation centres and libraries. This may provide opportunities to advocate for propane use in heating and appliances as a way to lower costs and reduce emissions.

Environment

The BC government plans to continue with the CleanBC plan which calls for:

  • net-zero emissions by 2050
  • building efficiency upgrades
  • zero-emission industrial vehicles
  • reducing industrial emissions
  • banning single-use plastics
  • new incentives for electric vehicles

Members are aware that propane serves as an excellent transition fuel to reduce emissions for vehicle transportation, industrial emissions and heating. The CPA will continue to advocate on behalf of the industry. In addition, plastics such as polypropylene, which is made from propane, is fully recycle and reusable.

Apprenticeship and Training

The new government plans to increase the number of training spaces and provide for more red seal apprenticeship programs.

For more information please contact Government Relations Director, West, Tanis Fiss at tanisfiss@propane.ca.

 

 

 

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