2008-09-15

Tory fund to combat pine beetle wasted, Liberals say

The Conservative Party has raided its pine-beetle fund to pay for airport improvements in three British Columbia cities, Vancouver South Liberal candidate Ujjal Dosanjh charged yesterday.

"The fund was raided to pay for improvements that should have been done anyway," Mr. Dosanjh said, adding that a Liberal government would restore airport-related funds to pine-beetle programs.

Mr. Dosanjh spoke to reporters in Vancouver, where he unveiled the Liberals' $250-million, four-year program to combat the pine beetle.