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July 27, 2015
In This Issue
The Public Affairs Update is your weekly insight, perspective and analysis on politics in British Columbia and Canada.  This newsletter is brought to you by the largest and most broadly-based business organization in the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce – the Voice of Business in B.C.

B.C. charts new course on Climate Leadership
The Province has announced a new climate leadership team to provide expert advice and recommendations for a new Climate Action Plan.The mandate of the team is to provide recommendations by November 30, 2015, on how to maintain B.C.’s leadership position by assessing: what new programs and policies are required to update the current Climate Action Plan; how to achieve Industry, Transport and the Built Environment – GHG reductions; and to work with First Nations and local government on solutions.

In addition the government has also provided two opportunities for British Columbians to participate in shaping new climate policies. The first opportunity is a recently launched Climate Leadership Plan discussion paper and survey. The public will get a second chance to review and provide feedback on a more detailed climate plan draft in December.

The scope of the consultation is extensive. Focusing on four areas of action, the paper looks to examine the way we live, travel, and work and what we value.

To provide input can email comments to, alternatively comments can be made through a survey tool available at

B.C. seeks public input on GHG reporting and control
For the next month, British Columbians have the opportunity to comment on a new intentions paper for the compliance framework and offset regulation being proposed under the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act, passed last fall in the Legislature. These intentions papers complete the trio of proposed regulations which are anticipated to come into force in Fall 2015. Comments from stakeholders on the compliance framework will be accepted until August 21, 2015.