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Furstenau: Laurie Throness resignation shows continuing lack of leadership from Andrew Wilkinson

October 15, 2020

VICTORIA B.C. – Today after a growing number of controversies throughout this election, and in the BC Legislature over the past several years, BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson accepted Laurie Throness’s resignation.

“Andrew Wilkinson’s approach to this entire controversy sends entirely the wrong message. Only when the party was backed into a corner did they take the weakest of actions: accepting Laurie Throness’s resignation. He should have been expelled from the BC Liberal Party,” said BC Green Leader Sonia Furstenau.

“Our province needs to take more action on equity, diversity, and inclusion. There are too many people who do not see themselves or their values reflected in elected leadership, and so feel left behind in decisions about their health and well-being. 

“If we are to change that, we need to stand up to hate and intolerance wherever we see it, and we must do so with a sense of urgency not yet demonstrated by the BC Liberals. 

“Going into the next legislature, it will be incumbent upon all those elected to take decisive action on human rights. A good place to start would be for the BC LIberals and the BC NDP to  finally agree to pass a provincial ban on conversion therapy. 

“As Leader of the BC Greens, I am proud to lead a party that is deeply committed to protecting the rights of all British Columbians. 

“British Columbians can count on the BC Greens to continue bringing these issues forward at every opportunity.”

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