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Furstenau calls on Eby to lift persons with disabilities out of poverty

VICTORIA B.C. – Today, B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Fursteanu called on Premier Eby to raise the disability allowance to a liveable rate and to establish a clear and transparent strategy for non-market housing.

“This is really about protecting the dignity and human rights of some of our most marginalized citizens,” Furstenau said. “The housing and affordability crises have had a disproportionate impact on persons with disabilities. By some estimates, persons with disabilities experience poverty at twice the rate of persons without disabilities.

B.C. Greens anticipate productive and collaborative approach from Premier Eby

VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement in response to the swearing in of David Eby as British Columbia's 37th premier:

"I congratulate David Eby on becoming the next premier of British Columbia. I look forward to working across party lines as our province continues to face worsening crises that require collaboration from all parties.

Statement: Furstenau and B.C. Children’s Hospital surgeon respond to Health Minister Adrian Dix’s update on the respiratory illnesses season

VICTORIA B.C. – B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau has responded to Health Minister Adrian Dix’s update on the respiratory illnesses season:

“After two and a half challenging years, parents are now facing the terrifying prospect of not being able to access healthcare for their sick kids,” Furstenau said. We are all exhausted, we all want the pandemic to be behind us, but when it comes to children we have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect them.

Furstenau appoints Lisa Gunderson as deputy leader of the B.C. Green Party

VICTORIA B.C. – Today, B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau formally announced that she has appointed Dr. Lisa Gunderson as deputy leader. Gunderson is an award-winning educator and small business owner focusing on issues that affect minoritized populations. She holds a PhD in clinical child psychology from the University of Southern California with a focus on racialized youth.

“I am thrilled to formally announce that I have appointed Dr. Lisa Gunderson as deputy leader of the B.C. Green Party,” Furstenau said. “I have worked closely with Lisa for many years on issues of equity and mental health. As an educator, advocate, and mental health professional, she brings a breadth of experience and demonstrates a commitment to service that is unparalleled. I look forward to continuing to work with her in this new capacity.”

Furstenau: David Eby must show leadership on addressing drug toxicity crisis

VICTORIA, B.C. – Today, the BC Coroners Service reported that 171 people died from drug poisonings in September of this year. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, has issued the following statement: 

"How do we stop people from dying from a chaotic and toxic drug supply? By immediately introducing safer drugs. This government is not doing enough to reduce harm caused by toxic drugs and meet people where they are at.

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