Saying B.C. Conservatives support the province’s resource industry, Rick Peterson is all for the proposed Ajax mine as long as it passes the environmental assessment process.
“Any mine project is a long a process that has to go through all these environmental hurdles,” Peterson said Friday.
“Our position should be, ‘We are supportive, we are favourable, we want this to happen, but you have to go through all the steps.’ ”
Peterson, one of two B.C Tories vying to replace former party leader John Cummins, was in Kamloops to drum up support for his campaign.
He met with a half dozen supporters at Frankly Coffee before attending another meet and greet at ABC Family Restaurant that evening.
Peterson outlined three key parts of his platform, the most important being support for the resource industry. He said it creates jobs and pays for health services, education and other amenities the province needs.
Peterson, a former hockey player and journalist turned Vancouver-based financier, also promoted tax fairness. If elected leader, and his party wins the 2017 provincial election, he pledged to stop downloading the growing deficit on taxpayers through user fees.
“I’m against high users fees for B.C. Hydro, MSP premiums,” said Peterson.
He also pledged to put an end to the lack of accountability enjoyed by Crown officials.
Peterson’s lone competitor is Kamloops-based candidate Dan Brooks, who promised to make Kamloops the B.C. Conservative headquarters. Peterson plans to have six regional offices, one of which would be in Kamloops.
But party headquarters would be located in Vancouver, he said.