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Government transparency and housing main focus of B.C. Green Caucus during fall session

VICTORIA, B.C. – Over the recent six-week fall session the B.C. Green Caucus advocated strongly for environmental protection, social equity, and brought forward solutions to social and economic issues facing the Province while raising concerns about the government’s worsening record on transparency and democratic accountability. 

Move to 5 days paid sick leave not enough to bring B.C. in line with OECD standard

VICTORIA, B.C. - Today, the province announced a permanent 5-day paid sick leave program for all workers covered by the Employment Standards Act.

BC NDP calls time allocation, bypassing democratic process

VICTORIA, B.C. - Today, the BC NDP called time allocation on multiple bills before the Legislature, forcing them through and subverting the democratic process. Sonia Furstenau, leader of the B.C. Green Party and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement: 

Furstenau: State of Emergency a necessary and overdue step

VICTORIA, B.C. Today, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General declared a provincial state of emergency in response to the flooding on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement:

“Calling this state of emergency is a necessary but overdue step to better respond to the flooding that has resulted in loss of life, devastation in communities, and displacement of thousands of British Columbians. This call should have been made days ago, when the effects of the rainfall were beginning to be made clear, to help British Columbians prepare and change their travel plans. While local communities have had to deal with the impact of this emergency, a disaster of this scale is clearly a province-wide emergency.

B.C. Green Leader responds to provincial announcement on consumer protection in real estate

VICTORIA, B.C. – Today, the Minister of Finance announced that the government intends to introduce legislation requiring cooling off periods in home sales. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Green Party and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement: 

“Today’s announcement is a positive step towards better protections for consumers in B.C. I’m particularly encouraged that the BC Financial Services authority will be examining practices such as blind bidding, price baiting, and rules around home inspections. Buying a home is a big step and British Columbians deserve every protection possible, especially in such a volatile housing market.

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