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Furstenau responds to cancer care announcement

VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement in response to British Columbia sending cancer patients to the United States for treatment:

“It is shocking that the Minister of Health is applauding sending B.C. cancer patients across the border for radiation treatment. B.C. used to be a leader in cancer care in Canada, today’s announcement shows that the system we currently have is failing to meet people’s needs.

B.C. Greens focus on forward-looking actions

VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Green Caucus focused on forward-looking actions during the Spring Legislative Session, putting the well-being of the people of British Columbia at the heart of their efforts.

In the 11-week session, the Greens made 21 calls for government action and tabled seven private members’ bills or amendments. The hardworking B.C. Green MLAs were able to make a significant impact.

“The Green Caucus focused on providing solutions this session. We were intentional in calling for actions that improve the well-being of British Columbians,“ said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley. 

Transit strike exposes need for public operations of public services

VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Green Caucus is calling on the BC NDP to put an end to the outsourcing of essential public operations to for-profit corporations, and ensure that public workers in B.C. receive a living wage.

“The ongoing transit strike in the Fraser Valley highlights the urgent need for the government to put an end to the outsourcing of essential public services to for-profit corporations,” said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley. “For seven weeks, thousands of people have been unable to use public transit to get to work or school, causing widespread frustration among Fraser Valley residents.”

B.C. Greens call for paid practicums for nurses

VICTORIA, B.C. - Today, during National Nursing Week, the B.C. Green Caucus is calling on the BC NDP to create paid practicums for nursing students. 

“Nurses are crucial to our healthcare system, caring for us from birth to end of life,” said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley. “However, they have been overlooked for too long, leading to burnout and a shortage of nurses. Unlike tradespeople who, justifiably, receive paid apprenticeships and subsidized tools, nurses often come out of school with significant debt. 

Furstenau responds to BC Housing forensic investigation

VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Green Party and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement in response to the forensic investigation of BC Housing:

“Ernst and Young’s recommendations ask this government to consider a number of concrete actions which government has committed to implementing by Spring 2024. I am glad to see these steps being taken, but we’ve seen this government not follow through on its commitments to report recommendations before. If the government hopes to restore public trust, it is imperative that they follow through this time.

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