Welcome to the new British Columbia edition of HuffPost. And welcome to B.C., HuffPost!
The hot news of the country is increasingly tilting west. The epic struggle to keep our coast line oil-free is dominating the headlines and who knows it better than experts like economist Robyn Allen and mariner Brian Falconer? We have huge issues to resolve in protecting and restoring wild salmon populations, as the federal government chooses to reduce habitat protection. One of Canada’s most respected and articulate climate experts, Dr. Andrew Weaver, has spoken out about our survival on this planet.
British Columbia issues extend beyond our environmental concerns. The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, is a hereditary chief of the Ahousaht First Nation. With the Harper agenda set to take on traditional, Constitutionally protected and inherent rights of First Nations, British Columbia will be in the forefront. As we are in issues of harm reduction and progressive policies to assist those with medical issues of drug addiction.
I love blogging on HuffPost and so too does one of my most illustrious and eloquent constituents, a singer called Raffi. HuffPost already has some great and B.C. passionate voices for B.C., like blogger Matt Price. The new B.C. edition is bound to be a great addition to our media scene out here on the left coast.
Elizabeth May is the Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands.
First printed in the Huffington Post.