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B.C. Green and New Democrat caucuses form working group on proportional representation

VICTORIA, B.C. - The B.C. Green caucus and New Democrat caucus have formed a working group on proportional representation. The working group will be led by B.C. Green MLA Sonia Furstenau and New Democrat Bob D’Eith. The caucuses agreed to hold a referendum and to campaign together in support of proportional representation under their Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA).

“CASA is a result of two distinct parties coming together after a hard-fought election to collaborate on shared values,” said Furstenau.

Howe Sound letters underscore need to restore trust in environmental assessment process

VICTORIA, B.C. - Sonia Furstenau, Deputy Leader of the B.C. Green Party, says that the concerns expressed by the people livng in Howe Sound regarding a proposed quarry near a salmon spawning estuary underscore the need to restore trust in the environmental assessment (EA) process through a revitalization. A revitalization of the EA is part of the B.C. Greens’ Confidence and Supply Agreement with the B.C. NDP. Furstenau has received over 2,600 letters as part of the campaign to request to initiate a review of the environmental assessment process for the Burnco gravel mine thus far and to conduct a robust and fully independent baseline assessment of wild salmon populations in McNab Creek. 

“The level of outcry in Howe Sound demonstrates that there is still very little trust in the way this province conducts its environmental assessments,” said Furstenau.

BC Liberals vote against moving ride-hailing forward

VICTORIA, B.C. - The B.C. Liberal caucus today voted against moving ride-hailing forward in British Columbia. Last week, B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver announced that he had reached an agreement with the B.C. NDP to move the subject of ride-hailing, raised earlier in October in a Private Member’s Bill introduced by Weaver, to an all-party committee of the Legislature. The Committee is slated to deliver a report on ride-hailing to inform eventual legislation no later than February 15, 2018.

“I must admit I am disappointed that the BC Liberals have chosen to oppose moving ridesharing forward,” said Andrew Weaver. “Since electing a minority government British Columbians have been clear that they want their politicians to work together like grownups. This could have been an opportunity for all parties to stand together and show people we are capable of that.”

Weaver congratulates new P.E.I. Green MLA-elect Hannah Bell

VICTORIA B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, released the following statement on the election of P.E.I. Green candidate Hannah Bell in a by-election for District 11 today:

“I would like to offer Hannah, P.E.I. Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker and the rest of their team my heartfelt congratulations for their success this evening. A tidal shift like this does not come without a tremendous amount of hard work, determination and hope, which they have demonstrated in spades.

Weaver introduces bill to establish day of remembrance for Ukrainian genocide

VICTORIA, B.C. - Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, today introduces a Private Member’s Bill to establish a permanent day of remembrance for Holodomor in British Columbia. The Bill, The Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Memorial Day Act, 2017, would establish the fourth Saturday in November as an official day of remembrance. During Holodomor, 4-10 million Ukrainians were killed as a result of a man-made famine in 1932-33. One-third of those killed were children. An earlier version of the bill was twice introduced by NDP MLA Bruce Ralston.

“It is time this important day of remembrance was recognized by B.C.’s legislature,” said Weaver.

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