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PODCAST: 1-on-1 with Island MLA and B.C. cabinet minister Josie Osborne

PQBEAT: Discussion includes challenges, wild salmon and electrification

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Host Peter McCully chats with Josie Osborne, the MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim and Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.

In a wide-ranging interview, discussion includes Osborne’s background, experiences and insights.

The episode begins with a lighthearted introduction, revealing some interesting facts about Osborne, including her self-description as a pragmatic optimist and her love for Star Trek.

Osborne elaborates on the geographical area of her riding, highlighting its diversity and the unique challenges and opportunities each community faces. Common themes such as housing and climate change impact are discussed, along with the recognition each area has its own distinct issues.

The conversation delves into Osborne’s background in marine biology and her previous role as a fisheries biologist. She addresses the current challenges facing the fish farming industry on Vancouver Island, emphasizing the importance of protecting wild salmon and the need for a comprehensive transition plan.

“First and foremost, it’s really important to acknowledge that I think everybody, the fish farming industry, First Nations communities, people across BC, really value and treasure wild salmon,” she said.

As the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation, Osborne addresses the province’s readiness for electrification, discussing the growing adoption of electric vehicles and the need for additional charging infrastructure.

“We are ready for electrification, and we are going to get even more ready,” she said. “B.C. Hydro recently announced that they will be putting out a call for power in spring 2024 looking for about 3,000 megawatts to add to B. C.’s electricity grid.”

The podcast offers a speed round of questions, giving a glimpse into the MLA’s personal interests.

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Peter McCully

About the Author: Peter McCully

Peter has been a broadcaster and publisher on both of Canada’s coasts and has owned a small newspaper and run an advertising agency along the way.
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