Water Questions for All Candidates

BC Election May 9, 2017

1. The Water Sustainability Act establishes a legal basis for watershed planning on private and Crown Land, yet these provisions have not been implemented. Is your party prepared to take actions that will ensure that clean water in community watersheds takes priority over other land uses?

Specifically, in 2018 will your party implement:

a) regulations that protect water for nature, i.e. quality and flow(quantity)
b) rigorous and transparent monitoring of water quality and quantity – with a significant funding increase in budget 2018
c) systems to gather and monitor baseline information: map B.C.’s aquifers and watershed ecological and hydrologic formations – with funding in budget 2018
d) a phase out of bottled water takings in B.C and a review of commercial water use pricing
e) immediate, meaningful co-governance with First Nations, local governments, and NGOs
f) effective support for local governance for Comox Valley Watershed planning and conservation.

2. How would you uphold government’s obligation to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) from Indigenous communities on decisions affecting water under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?

3. Will you support a moratorium on fossil fuel and coal tanker traffic along the entire West Coast?

4. Will you oppose any measures in trade agreements that promote the privatization of water services: in CETA, the new NAFTA, agreements with China and India?

5. Will you place a moratorium on fracking to protect communities and watersheds from the devastating damage it causes?

6. Will you suspend and stop construction of the Site C Dam? Instead will you invest in the many new, truly clean energy alternatives, such as wind, solar and geothermal that could be built on an as-needed basis and for far less money than Site C?

7. Will you amend or repeal the Private Managed Forest Lands Act to bring regulation of private forests in line with the Act that regulates forestry on Crown Lands?

** Questions compiled from Water Leaders Alliance, Cowichan North Watershed Conservation Group: and the Council of Canadians.

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