B.C. Greens statements on Pink Shirt Day

February 22, 2017

VICTORIA B.C. –  While many British Columbians enjoy a high standard of living, bullying continues to be present in our schools, workplaces, and homes across the province, and increasingly online. Of the B.C. Greens’ 6 core principles, three - social justice, respect for diversity and non-violence - put the safety, security and dignity of British Columbians at the centre of our policies. Last year the B.C. Greens were proud to support both a bill to include transgender people in our Human Rights Act and an order from the Minister of Education ensuring all school districts in B.C. have clear anti-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity.

“In 2007, two high school students in Nova Scotia stood up for a classmate who was mocked for wearing a pink shirt by organizing their classmates to wear pink. Since then, we have recognized this day to work towards creating policies that protect students from bullying and discrimination. I am honoured to stand with others on Pink Shirt Day today in our effort to end bullying,” said Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Greens. “Many across our province, including members of the LGBTQ2+ community, continue to be victims of bullying. Sadly, despite a budgetary surplus, the B.C. Liberals cut funding to resources like school counselors and special education teachers that would improve the lives of our children, only begrudgingly restoring such funding after an expensive Supreme Court battle. The B.C. Greens will continue to fight for policies that will make a real difference in the lives of British Columbians so that we can work towards a more socially just future.”

Said Jonina Campbell, candidate for New Westminster and B.C. Greens spokesperson for education: “I am proud to be running for a party that will put the needs of our children first. As a former special education teacher and school board Chair, I know how crucial proactive policies that combat bullying are to our communities. I believe that investing in education is the best way to ensure healthy communities and a sustainable economy. Pink Shirt Day is a reminder that we must work together with our teachers, parents, children, and all British Columbians to realize a kinder, brighter tomorrow.”

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