Where They Stand

reponse from:

Rod Taylor

Stikine  |   Christian Heritage Party of B.C.   |  May 08, 2017
1. What fiscal measures will you implement to ensure that mineral exploration and development remains globally competitive and able to attract investment?

We need to reduce taxes, red tape and obstacles to mineral exploration and mining. Of course, tax and debt reduction are good for all British Columbians as well as for business.



2. BC industries compete with many global jurisdictions that do not have a carbon tax. What measures will you take to ensure trade exposed industries like mining remain competitive while paying for carbon emissions?

Carbon dioxide is not our enemy. We would eliminate the BC Carbon tax and fight federal carbon taxes. To me, CO2 is not a pollutant and it is still unproven that it is the dominant factor in climate change.

3. Do you believe revenue collected from carbon tax should be reinvested in new processes or technologies that further reduce greenhouse gas emissions at mining operations?

Of course, we should be always looking at new and more efficient technologies, including alternate energy sources.

Transportation Infrastructure
4. What will you do to promote infrastructure development in BC that supports mineral and coal exploration and mining (hydroelectric power generation, transmission lines, natural resource roads, railways, ports etc.)?

We need infrastructure. We would like to see the Bank of Canada provide interest-free loans for infrastructure development and renovation. We have to have ways to get to the resources and to get those resources to market


Land Access

5. What will you do to ensure prospectors and mineral explorers have access to as much land as possible to conduct temporary and low impact mineral exploration for valuable, but hidden, deposits?

Again, reduce red tape. With conditions reflecting environmental concerns, we need to continue to explore. All things in balance.

First Nations
6. What will you do to resolve long-standing land claims? And what are the opportunities to enhance relationships between government, First Nations and industry?

We have long stated that the Indian Act is outdated and needs to be replaced with legislation appropriate to current conditions (primarily a federal responsibility). Treaties need to be completed. Of course, employment of First Nations people is a great step in that direction but the goal needs to be complete equality for all Canadians and once treaties are in place, land and snvironmental concersn should be addressed by provincial and federal bodies with First Nations input.

Skills and Training
7. What will you do to encourage new skills development opportunities and support the attraction, recruitment and retention of highly qualified workers needed for BC mining projects both now and in the future?

High school students should have access to skills training in many fields beyond simple academics. Trades training and young apprenticeship programs should be in place to equip young people to take their places in the work force. Not all high school students will attend university. Many will find satisfying careers in forestry, mining, logging, farming and business and our schools should be preparing them to be ready to take on greater responsibilities when they leave school.