CLEAN GROWTH STRATEGY
This fall, the Government of British Columbia will release a Clean Growth Strategy. According to the government, the goals of the strategy are to integrate the province’s goals for climate action, clean energy and sustainable economic growth.
The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada made a formal submission as part of the strategy, asking that the government ensure that the strategy includes a place for the use of natural gas for homes and businesses in the province. Now, we need you to add your voice to this discussion.
How to Share Your Feedback:
Step 1 – Visit the Legislative Assembly Website to discover which MLA represents you. All you have to do is enter your postal code.
Step 2 – Prepare two emails. Feel free to use the sample text below as a starting point, and customize your emails from there, or write your own should you wish.
Send one email to the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) that represents the area where your business is located.
Send a second email to the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) that represents the area where you live.
On each of the above emails:
Copy the Minister of the Environment: [email protected]
Sample Text to British Columbia MLA’s Regarding the Clean Growth Strategy
Subject: Upcoming Clean Growth Strategy
Hello Mr. / Ms. INSERT SURNAME,
I’m writing today regarding the Clean Growth Strategy that the Government of British Columbia is expected to release shortly.
I am writing because I believe it is important that the pending Clean Growth Strategy include a future for the use of natural gas in our province.
I believe that it is important for the Government of British Columbia to have a well formulated strategy for clean growth, one which will address the climate change challenges we are facing. However, I believe this can be done in a way that still respects consumer choice, and does not place dramatic cost increases on citizens in the short term, nor put the thousands of jobs that have a connection to natural gas in jeopardy.
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In addition to my particular circumstances, I believe an aggressive move away from natural gas will mean increased costs in utility bills, at restaurants and bars, in rent, home renovations, and new buildings. From cooking to heating, the removal of access to natural gas fundamentally changes the nature of a home in British Columbia.
Thousands of good-paying jobs are at risk, from appliance and fireplace manufacturers, to the hospitality industry, to gas fitters, to barbecue retailers and everything in between.As one proof point, I’m aware that British Columbia is home to more gas fireplace manufacturers, and as such, employees of that industry, than any other state or province in North America.
As my Member of the Legislative Assembly, I would ask you to please bring forward these concerns to your fellow government decision makers, and as the strategy is discussed in the Legislative Assembly.
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