Media releases

Furstenau: Compassionate housing solutions needed amidst Vancouver decampment

VICTORIA, B.C. – In response to the City of Vancouver’s decampment of Oppenheimer Park, Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement:

“The recent actions against Vancouver's unhoused population, involving the confiscation of their belongings during a period of extreme cold, are deeply disturbing. At a time when basic necessities like tents and tarps are crucial for survival, forcing individuals to search for new shelter is not only inhumane but counterproductive. What purpose does this serve?


Furstenau responds to Amnesty call to halt Coastal GasLink pipeline

VICTORIA, B.C. – In response to Amnesty International calling for a halt to the Coastal GasLink pipeline construction in Wet'suwet'en territory, the removal of police and security forces, and an end to the harassment of Wet’suwet’en land defenders, Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement:

“For years, the RCMP have criminalized, harassed and violated the rights of Wet'suwet'en people for opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline and fighting to protect their territories and their way of life. A new Amnesty International report confirms this and places the spotlight on the province for these egregious actions. 

BC NDP dodges accountability in housing debate

VICTORIA, B.C. – Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands has issued the following statement in response to housingregulations and modeling released today by the province:

"The regulations and modeling show that the government had answers to my important questions during the debate with the Minister. Instead of a thorough discussion on significant housing reform, the Minister chose to delay, dismiss, deny, and mislead.


B.C. Greens spotlight government accountability issues in fall session

VICTORIA, B.C. - This fall legislative session demonstrated the critical need for the B.C. Greens to hold the government accountable on key issues such as housing, climate, and family welfare. There is growing concern over the B.C. NDP’s lack of transparency, manipulative legislative tactics, and erosion of democracy.

“For the third straight session the B.C. NDP shut down debate and withheld information on bills that transform our communities. They are actively preventing opposition MLAs from doing the important job of critiquing the new laws,” said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley. 

B.C. Greens call for ban on fossil fuel advertising

VICTORIA, B.C. - As world leaders gather at COP28 to strategize about reducing emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, the B.C. Green Caucus is calling on the BC NDP to ban fossil fuel advertising here in British Columbia.

Every year a staggering 8.7 million people die from air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels. The climate crisis, and its impact on human health, will continue to worsen unless we take immediate action. One necessary step is to ban fossil fuel advertising. Just as tobacco advertising was banned because of its impacts to human health, it’s time to ban fossil fuel advertising. 


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