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BC Greens introduce new bill to support EV conversions

VICTORIA, B.C. - Today, the B.C. Green Caucus introduced the Clean Energy Amendment Act, 2024 that would allow for vehicles converted to electric from gasoline or diesel to qualify for the same government rebates as brand-new electric vehicles.

Furstenau: BC NDP fails to address real drug harms

VICTORIA, B.C. - In response to the BC NDP's request for the federal government to create exemptions to decriminalization, Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, has issued the following statement:

“I hear the concerns of families and communities about drug use in public spaces where children play, and people gather. It's essential we keep these areas safe.

BC Greens call for immediate province wide fire ban in response to wildfire evacuations

VICTORIA, B.C. - As British Columbia faces its first wildfire evacuation of the year, the BC Greens are calling on the BC NDP to immediately ban open burning and campfires.

"Last night, the Peace River Regional District declared a state of local emergency and issued an evacuation order near Chetwynd. Immediate action is required. Alberta has already implemented fire restrictions in response to similar risks," said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley.

In a bold move, BC Greens argue that breathing clean air is good for you

VICTORIA, B.C. – Today, the BC Green Caucus introduced the Clean Air Act, 2024 to ensure cleaner air across the province.

Air pollution is the greatest environmental threat to human health. Exposure to wildfire smoke is responsible for upwards of 2,500 premature deaths every year in Canada, and as much as $20 billion in health care costs. There are two seasons in B.C. now – flu season and wildfire season. The Province has a responsibility to keep people safe both indoors and out.

Stalled progress in Surrey police reform demands stronger leadership

VICTORIA, B.C. - Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, has issued the following statement: 

“The Surrey police transition has been entirely mishandled by the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General from the start. Since the decision was made to move away from the RCMP there should have been a clear date of change of command. Now we finally have a date, November 29, 2024, the details have yet to be worked out. I have been demanding strong leadership to navigate this important transition and all we've got was political theatre. It has cost the residents of Surrey and all British Columbians tremendously.

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