VICTORIA B.C. – B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau released the following statement following Premier Horgan’s announcement that he will step down as premier of the province and leader of the B.C. NDP this fall.
“I would like to thank Premier Horgan for his work over the last five years as premier of the province,” Furstenau said. “He has led the government during a series of overlapping crises. Although we have not always agreed on policy, together our two parties created an era of unprecedented cross-party cooperation. The legacy of our confidence and supply agreement lives on as a model for the current agreement between the NDP and the Liberal Party of Canada. This is just one of the many important initiatives that Premier Horgan participated in throughout his years as Premier. I sincerely hope that the premier enjoys health, rest, and time spent with his family.
“The province will continue to face ongoing crises. The pandemic continues, the healthcare system is struggling, and climate change will continue to disrupt communities. As the B.C. NDP embarks on a leadership contest, their government has a responsibility to stay focused on the people of B.C. A leadership contest cannot distract cabinet ministers from their roles as public servants during a very difficult period for British Columbians. It is critical that we have a fall session of the legislature and that government ministries are not left rudderless.”
“Over the summer, my colleague MLA Adam Olsen and I will continue to tour the province to meet with healthcare professionals, advocates and patients who are struggling to have their voices heard. We look forward to bringing their concerns and ideas to the legislature in the fall and to working with the premier, his successor, and his cabinet on solutions to improve British Columbians' quality of life.”
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