VICTORIA, B.C. – Today, B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen took their oath of office and were sworn in for a second term as MLAs for Cowichan Valley and Saanich North and the Islands.
After overcoming the obstacle of a snap election just one week after the B.C. Green leadership race concluded, the party out-performed everyone’s expectations by holding its popular vote count and breaking internal fundraising records. Having previously held the balance of power in a minority parliament, Green MLAs are eager to begin their role as opposition.
“Adam and I are very honoured to be returning to the legislature as a caucus and are ready to get to work immediately,” said MLA Furstenau. “We intend to demonstrate that even as an opposition party, we can work from a place of service and commitment. As opposition the B.C. Greens will bring forward effective solutions and proposals to ensure people are best served by their government.
“We will be focused on ensuring that government is doing everything it needs to do to help British Columbians navigate these very challenging times. Health care workers, business owners, teachers and many others have expressed concern about numerous aspects of the Province’s COVID-19 response.
“Now that the B.C. Greens have been sworn in, we can get back to holding government accountable, getting clarity on their plans to navigate COVID-19, and getting action on the solutions British Columbians need after months of uncertainty.”