Unspinning the BC Budget

The question you have to ask at the BC budget lock up is what’s the difference between the future the BC government says it’s creating and what the numbers actually tell us.

While Colin Hansen is quick to point to new money for the Live Smart program and ‘clean energy’ the money allocated pales in comparison to handouts to the oil and gas industry. Money allocated to green initiatives is less than a tenth of that subsidizing the oil and gas industry.

Industry subsidies by way of oil and gas royalty reductions amounts to over one billion dollars. Other large subsidies include $274 million for a transmission line to support coal and copper mining and $187 million for a road that will support oil and gas development in the Horne River Basin.

Interesting considering that Gordon Campbell is in the Globe and Mail this morning talking about Global Warming and reaffirming his commitment to fighting climate change. Doesn’t really show here.

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