News Politics: An MLA from northern British Columbia has been booted from the BC Liberals, one day after he was publicly criticized by the party’s leader for denying the role of carbon dioxide in climate change.
Opposition leader Kevin Falcon announced John Rustad’s ouster Thursday, citing the need for elected officials to “work co-operatively on the important issues facing our province.”
“Following a pattern of behaviour that was not supportive of our caucus team and the principles of mutual respect and trust, I have removed MLA John Rustad from the BC Liberal Caucus effective immediately.”
— Kevin Falcon 🇺🇦 (@KevinFalcon) August 17, 2022
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, emissions of greenhouse gases – including carbon dioxide – are driving the global crisis, leading to more wildfires, more frequent extreme weather events and other costly catastrophes.
Rustad was first elected as a BC Liberal MLA in 2005, and was appointed the party’s opposition critic on forests, lands and natural resource operations in 2017. He has previously come under fire over his stance on climate change. Last April, Rustad took umbrage when carbon dioxide was referred to as pollution in the provincial legislature.
“Now, I’m sorry. I get what the language and the rhetoric is. Carbon dioxide is an essential component of life on this planet. It is not a pollution. That sort of misinformation out there is just ridiculous,” he said.