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B.C. Green Party acknowledges complicated history behind Victoria Day

Victoria, B.C. – This Victoria Day, B.C. Greens reflect on the complicated relationship between the Crown and the people of British Columbia and Canada. Victoria Day was first declared a holiday in 1845 to commemorate the birthday of Queen Victoria, who was Canada’s sovereign at the time of Confederation in 1867. Canada required Queen Victoria’s royal ascent in order to become a nation.

“It is important to know where we have come from, and today we celebrate Queen Victoria, who signed off on our country’s independence,” said Adam Olsen, Interim Leader of the B.C. Green Party. “We have inherited a colonial history with many challenges that we still face today. Our true strength as a province and a country lies in reconciliation efforts.”

The B.C. Green Party also encourages British Columbians to reflect on other important moments in Canada’s history that occurred on May 24th. On Queen Victoria’s birthday in 1916 women over the age of 21 gained federal suffrage. Exactly two years later, in 1918, the Parliament of Canada passed the Statistics Act, creating what is now called Statistics Canada.

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B.C. Green Party celebrates National Nursing Week

Victoria, B.C. – This National Nursing Week, BC Greens celebrate the invaluable contribution of nurses to the health and well-being of our society. With the theme of “Nurses: With You Every Step of the Way”, we are reminded of the unique and central role of nursing in our healthcare system.

Pete Fry wins B.C. Green Party nomination for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant

Victoria, B.C. – Pete Fry was confirmed as the B.C. Green Party candidate for an anticipated Vancouver-Mount Pleasant by-election at a nomination meeting held on Saturday April 25, 2015. Fry was a candidate for Vancouver City Council with the Green Party of Vancouver in the 2014 local government elections. He received 46,522 votes, topping polls in Strathcona, Mount Pleasant and Commercial Drive, which are located in the provincial riding of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant.

B.C. Green Party Vancouver-Mount Pleasant nomination meeting tomorrow

WHAT: B.C. Green Party Vancouver-Mount Pleasant nomination meeting for anticipated by-election.
WHO: nomination contestant Pete Fry; Interim Leader Adam Olsen; Finance and New Economy Critic Matt Toner.
WHEN: Saturday April 25, 2:00-4:00pm. Doors open at 1:30pm.
WHERE: Creekside Community Centre, Multipurpose Room 4 (upstairs), 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, B.C..

Earth Day 2015

The BC Green Party continues, year after year, to inspire political and personal leadership on environmental issues that are of critical importance to our health, economy and society. That is why this year’s Earth Day theme – “It’s Our Turn to Lead” – fits perfectly with the BC Green Party’s policies and mandate.

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