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Chris George

Q3 Green +  

In order to maintain health and resilience, forests must be diverse.

The best path to an economically and environmentally sustainable forestry sector requires getting as much value as possible from our forests, something that is enhanced by the diversity that is only found in the natural forests that arise to fill the specific ecological niches in this country. Shipping raw logs, supporting monoculture in replanting and sacrificing value add industries in trade deals are three things we currently do that do not support diversity, both in our forests and in our economy.

The boreal is under attack, primarily due to climate change. Pine beetle and wildfire are two consequences of a warming planet. Reducing emissions is the only path to protecting this forest.

The Green policy platform is thin on specifics on this issue. It leaves considerable latitude for an MP to work with First Nations, the communities involved, and provincial and territory governments towards solutions that protect ecosystem integrity and biodiversity, while enhancing local social and economic initiatives.

Q2 Green +  

This is a critical piece of building a resilient community. Events half a world away can have measurable impacts on our food supply in Canada. Transportation adds to the carbon footprint of the food itself. It only makes sense to grow close to where the food will be consumed.

Transforming agriculture in many cases means rolling back some of the current regulations that favor industrial scale producers over local farmers. Changing this will require cooperation with the provinces, as much of the current restrictive legislation falls within their sphere of responsibility.

Part of the transformation of our system needs to be social. People can do this now. Volunteering at community gardens, building neighborhood barter networks, and supporting local producers via CSA box programs or at the farmer's market, are happening now. Working locally with all involved is an expectation that I have of my MP and I would certainly do my best to advocate [for] and support a transition to a stronger local food economy here in the North Okanagan-Shuswap if I were the person in that role.

Here is a direct quote from Vision Green:
"The Green Party approach to Canadian agriculture policies is clear: reduce the dependence on chemical inputs, rebuild and protect natural soil fertility, value quality produce and support local economies, reduce waste, increase the number of farm families, and invest in climate adaptation strategies for Canadian agriculture."

Q1 Green +  

Green Party policy is available at these links:

Background on policy positions: http://www.greenparty.ca/en/news/backgrounders
All Green Party policy:  http://www.greenparty.ca/en/our-vision

If elected as MP for the North Okanagan-Shuswap I would advocate [for] a rigorous review of the peer-reviewed literature on Roundup by the appropriate departments, with an eye to recommendations supporting a ban. One MP can do that.

Passing a countrywide ban like in the Netherlands only becomes possible in a minority government where Greens hold the balance of power, and is considered important enough by the Green caucus to horse trade with the minority government for. I can advocate [for] that as well.