B.C. Greens call for a tuition freeze
VICTORIA, B.C. – "The high cost of living, increasing tuition rates year after year, and scarce housing options have normalized students living in poverty in order to further their education,” said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens, and MLA for Cowichan Valley. We’ve heard countless stories of students living in their cars because they can’t afford rent and tuition. We’ve talked to students who have to ration food and use food banks because they don’t have enough money to get them through the month."
B.C. Greens respond to Speech from the Throne
VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Green Party, MLA for Cowichan Valley gave her response today to the Speech from the Throne.
“While it presents a slightly more honest assessment of the challenges people in B.C. are facing, today’s Throne Speech was more of a reflection on what the BC NDP says it has accomplished than a vision for the challenging road ahead. It feels like Deja vu. Unless they start defining and measuring the outcomes, we are all striving for, we will continue to see no transformative change."
Furstenau calls on Health minister to focus on community health centres
VANCOUVER B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau today called on Health Minister Adrian Dix to prioritize investment in community health centres as a way to provide better patient-centred care, support healthcare professionals, and ease the impact of the family doctor shortage.
“We are in a crisis of healthcare that could have been avoided but does not have to get worse,” Furstenau said. “I am pleased that family doctors will now see the financial support they need to continue providing primary care with the new longitudinal family physician payment plan."
Furstenau: New family doctor payment model a much-needed first step
VICTORIA, B.C. – In response to the new longitudinal payment model for family physicians coming into effect, Sonia Furstenau, leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement:
“Congratulations to the family doctors who have long been advocating for changes to their outdated payment model. Family doctors have been forced to prioritize quantity over quality of patient care and run a business in their off time."
Furstenau: Premier Eby can choose to save lives
VICTORIA, B.C - Today, the BC Coroners Service reported that 392 people died from toxic drugs in November and December in B.C., bringing 2022's death toll to 2,272 the second largest number of drug deaths ever recorded in a calendar year. Sonia Furstenau, leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, has issued the following statement:
“We know what needs to be done to stop these deaths. What we need is a government willing to save lives.