Furstenau statement on NDP platform

October 06, 2020

VANCOUVER B.C. –Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens, released the following statement regarding the B.C. NDP platform:

“There is no reason we needed to go to an election to implement these policies,” said Furstenau.

“In fact, many of these are proposals we directly petitioned the NDP on for the past three years - like moving child care under the Ministry of Education, removing PST on e-bikes and modifying the renter’s rebate to a means-tested program. Many others were included in the letter I sent to Mr. Horgan four days after I assumed the B.C. Greens Leadership outlining areas where our Caucus proposed to work with theirs. 

“Elections B.C. has said that we may not know the shape of our new legislature until November 21. We have now heard from countless businesses who have been told by government officials that no money will flow until the new cabinet can meet. In fact, the government's own document outlining a $20 million dollar program puts that in writing. How are businesses supposed to wait another 2 months to receive the financial support that the legislature approved back in the Spring? As we have heard, many businesses might not make it that long.

“This is an important thing for British Columbians to consider as we go to the polls - do we want a government for four years that will put its re-election chances over doing its job to make life better for people, or do we want a more balanced Legislature that has more checks on power and has to work together?”

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