VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party caucus, closed the end of the Fall legislative session noting action on key B.C. Green priorities and key improvements to government legislation.
“This was a very productive session for our caucus,” said Weaver.
“We saw action on a number of important issues we have long championed, such as demand-side housing action, lobbying reform, changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve, reform of the professional reliance model and a revitalization of the environmental assessment process. These policy changes will strengthen our democracy and help ensure B.C.’s long-term prosperity and quality of life. I thank the Ministers for their hard work and collaborative approach to these policies.”
Lobbying and the professional reliance model reform were signature B.C. Green Party platform policies, which both the B.C. NDP and B.C. Greens committed to actioning in their Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA). Commitments to revitalize the ALR and the environmental assessments were also a key CASA commitments.
“Our Caucus was also able to improve important pieces of legislation, securing the passage of amendments to the Speculation and Vacancy Tax and the government’s ride-hailing legislation,” Weaver continued.
“I am greatly encouraged by these instances as examples of how opposition parties working in a minority government can help produce more balanced in legislation. In both cases, we drew our concerns from listening to the public and stakeholders, ensuring their voices were heard in the Legislature.
“Towards the end of the session we also participated in the initial announcements from the upcoming climate plan, the ZEV standard and social housing retrofits. Actioning an innovative climate plan that puts an economic vision at its centre is the single best thing we can do to set our province up for success. Collaborating with government on this file has been a highlight of our working relationship and I look forward to the release of the full plan very soon.”
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