2008-09-16

Liberals roll out mountain pine beetle strategy

The federal Liberals have launched a mountain pine beetle strategy, promising to spend $250 million over four years on combatting its spread and protecting communities from fire threat.

The Liberals also criticized the Conservatives for using a Tory beetle fund to upgrade B.C. Interior airports.

The Conservatives are in the midst of a 10-year, $1-billion beetle aid program.
The Liberals say the Tories raided the beetle fund to pay for airport improvements in Prince George, Kelowna and Kamloops, and that a Liberal government would restore those funds back to the pine beetle fund.