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Furstenau introduces petition with 30,000 signatures – 12 years after Horgan’s own petition to protect old-growth forests

June 17, 2021

VICTORIA B.C. – Today in the legislature, B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau introduced a B.C. Green Party petition to protect old-growth forests with 30,151 signatures from British Columbians. 

This comes 12 years after then-opposition MLA John Horgan and six other B.C. NDP MLAs introduced petitions to protect old-growth forests and ban raw log exports in 2009. Since 2009, BC NDP MLAs have introduced at least 12 separate old-growth petitions, including twice in 2019 while in government.

“The B.C. NDP have been in power for four years now, yet the signatories on their petitions are still waiting for them to do something significant,” said MLA Furstenau. “Today I introduced a petition with 30,000 signatures from British Columbians to ask Premier Horgan to protect our remaining old growth and implement all the recommendations from the Old Growth Strategic Review Panel.”

“Despite this government’s talk about protecting old-growth, reports show that the rate of old-growth logging has actually increased under the B.C. NDP government. How many ancient forests have been lost forever since the Premier first promised to protect them and had the power to do something about it?”

“The BC NDP owe it to the thousands of voters who signed their petitions, and the millions of British Columbians who care deeply about this issue, to step up and recognize the urgency of saving our ancient forests. We are all waiting.” 

An additional 8,674 people from outside of British Columbia signed the B.C. Green Party petition for a total of 38,825 signatures. Signatures came from 20 different countries across five continents. The petition was launched on April 7, 2021 as part of the party’s old-growth advocacy campaign. British Columbians have donated over $27,000 during that time to support the party’s campaign. 

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