Kelowna B.C. Conservative candidate gunning for environment minister

Kelowna-Lake Country B.C. Conservative candidate Graeme James says Terry Lake should resign over questions about Pacific Carbon Trust.

Kelowna-Lake Country B.C. Conservative candidate Graeme James.

Kelowna-Lake Country B.C. Conservative candidate Graeme James is calling for the resignation of Environment Minister Terry Lake over questions about Pacific Carbon Trust.

“(He) should do the honourable thing and quit,” said James on Thursday.

“With the ongoing debacle around Pacific Carbon Trust, it is clear Terry Lake must resign. What is not clear is if something more sinister is at play— and that needs to be investigated.”

Describing himself as “irate” about the situation, James called the trust “one of the biggest shell games ever perpetrated by a government in power.”

“It is shameful and time that this sort of misleading activity cease,” said James.

Questions have been raised about how much the Crown agency charges public sector entities for carbon offsets.

According to data from the agency, a number of private companies have been selling carbon credits to Pacific Carbon Trust for prices ranging from $9 to $19 a ton.

But public sector agencies, which buy offsets from the trust, have been paying $25 a ton.

The trust acts as a middleman buying the credits from companies that have undertaken projects that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and selling them to public agencies that are trying to become carbon neutral.

The aim of the program is to make B.C. a carbon neutral province through the use of credits and offsets.

James, a former Kelowna city councillor, said the current controversy involving the Pacific Carbon Trust has angered thousands of B.C. residents and created what he called “even more distrust of the provincial Liberal government.”

James claims Pacific Carbon Trust has redirected $50 million of public health care and education dollars—over $2.5 million out of the Okanagan region alone—to finance private industry, which, in turn, he said, funnels a portion of taxpayers’ money back to the Liberal Party as donations.

Recently, B.C.’s auditor general questioned the way the trust operates.

Lake has said the government is committed to carbon neutrality but is reviewing Pacific Carbon Trust.

 

Just Posted

Kelowna public menorah lit tonight to celebrate Hanukkah

The menorah will be lit tonight after celebrations at 5 p.m. in Stuart Park

Big Band supports children with disabilities in Lake Country

Proceeds from the Okanagan Big Band performance in Vernon supports local kids

Were your hockey cards stolen?

The Kelowna RCMP are looking to reunite a hockey fan with their cards

RCMP look to reunite owner with stolen tools

Kelowna police seek to identify the owner of tablet and tools seized by RCMP

Alleged car thieves cuffed

Kelowna RCMP arrested two men after they allegedly attacked a car owner who tried to stop a break-in.

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Man who pledged to give B.C. hockey team millions charged with fraud

Mike Gould has since repaid $8,000 he allegedly owed Cranbrook restaurant, owner says

Horgan on Site C: ‘dammed’ if did, ‘dammed’ if he didn’t

B.C. premier didn’t like keeping massive hydro damn project going, but felt he had to

Strong economy fuels housing sales in B.C.: report

Economist says demand for houses is being supported by a large number of millennials entering the market

Tequila, hammers and knives: what not to bring on an airplane

Vancouver International Airport staff provide tips on travelling during the holidays

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

The top-binged shows on Netflix in 2017

Which show did you cheat on your spouse with by watching ahead?

Prairie homecoming for Rockets rookie

The 16-year-old defenceman, who grew up in Yorkton, Sask., excited to be touring Eastern Division with Kelowna

Most Read