February 18, 2020

KELOWNA – BC’s Newest and fastest-growing political party will hold its first public event on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00pm at Kelowna’s Tree Brewing Beer Institute at 1346 Water Street. The event, organized by local college instructor Frithjof Petscheleit, a founding member of the original Green party, Germany’s Die Grunen, features remarks by former BC Green Party leader Stuart Parker.

“While I am very glad to be back on the road, doing political local organizing throughout the Southern Interior, after a twenty-year break,” Parker stated, “I’m also obviously sad and disappointed to be doing this work. So many of us thought, in 2017, that, with an NDP-Green Party alliance governing our province, our days of partisan political organizing were behind us. But instead, with the most ambitious plans in BC history to increase carbon emissions, coal exports and fracking, we find that we are starting from scratch.”

Since 2017, the BC government has increased subsidies to transnational oil companies, including a $6 billion plan that lured Royal Dutch Shell and other Big Oil consortiums to BC to build natural gas liquification plans in Squamish and Kitimat, while continuing the more than $600 million in annual subsidies to fracking in BC’s Northeast. Hidden within the so-called “Clean BC Plan” are also increases in coal mining, raw log exports and the allowable annual cut.

“But for many people,” Parker added, “the final straw was the BC government’s decision to call out the troops to push the pipeline for Royal Dutch Shell’s LNG plant through the traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en people without their consent. The people blocking our rail lines, highways, ferry terminals and bridges and those who stand in solidarity with them need a voice in the legislature and, in a perverse irony, this legislature does not provide them one. Tomorrow’s meeting is about making sure that after the next election, they do.”

The event is open to media and Parker will be available for interviews in Kelowna between 3:15pm and 6:00pm on the 19th and before 11:00am on the 20th. He will be in closed meetings in Vernon and Kamloops for the remainder of the 20th before returning to Prince George.

The BC Ecosocialist Party launched in October 2019. It is BC’s newest and fastest-growing party and plans to field candidates in all seats in the next provincial general election.