2008-09-14

Liberals promise $250m to fight pine beetle

Homeowners would be given government help to deal with trees infested by the mountain pine beetle as part of a $250-million Liberal plan to curb the beetle's spread, former cabinet minister Ujjal Dosanjh said on Sunday.

Saying that the Conservative government has "raided" pine beetle funds and redirected the money to unrelated infrastructure projects, Dosanjh promised that every penny would fight the effects of the beetle.

"This is important work that should have been done and needs to be done," Dosanjh told reporters.