Now that the Liberals have chosen a new leader, the Gordon Campbell era is almost over – 27 years, from City Alderman to Premier. It will take many more years before history makes its judgment, but in one respect, he will be seen to have been both prescient and courageous. He identified climate change as an issue that justified going against the tide of opinion and even the ideology of his own party. B.C. was the first jurisdiction in North America to bring in a carbon tax – something even the NDP did not support.
And I don’t think he’ll stop adding his perspective even out of office. A few weeks ago, at a workshop for Port Metro Vancouver that assembled some key executives in carbon-intensive industries, Campbell said:
We will panic over climate change if we don’t constructively respond.