News came out this past week revealing the kind of influence industry, specifically the Oil and Gas Industry, has had on government policy here in British Columbia.
The story appeared here in DeSmog Canada, based on documents released to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Apparently, the Climate Leadership Team hired by the BC Liberals made 32 official recommendations to the Liberal Government. Not one of them was adopted by the government. Now, we know why.
Secret, parallel. meetings with industry and corporate donors set the parameters for BC's climate action, despite Premier Christy Clark's duplicity in pointing to the recommendations of the Climate Leadership Team at the UN's Paris Climate Meetings. Recommendations that were not adopted. Not a single one.
This highlights the power that industry has in influencing government policy, particularly when those industries are major donors to political parties.
Fortunately, the "wild west show" here in BC is about to end. The new GreeNDP government has introduced legislation that will end corporate and union donations as well as put a cap on individual donations. It's well past time.