Media releases

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.

B.C. Green Party breaks fundraising records again

VICTORIA B.C. – The B.C. Green Party raised $185,000 in the third quarter of 2021, continuing to break fundraising records. The party broke its all-time non-election fundraising records for July and August, while nearly tying its record for September. This follows similar records set in January, March, April, May, and June. The quarterly figures for each political party were released today by Elections B.C..

B.C. Greens respond to B.C. NDP announcement on old-growth deferrals

VICTORIA, B.C. –  Today the B.C. NDP announced their intention to work on deferrals of old-growth logging.

More urgency needed on decriminalization

VICTORIA, B.C. – Today, the B.C. NDP announced the finalization of its submission to decriminalize personal drug possession in the province. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Green Party and MLA for Cowichan Valley, has issued the following statement: 

“Stigma makes people use alone and tragically, die alone. Decriminalization is an important step forward to change the way we treat people who use drugs and keep people alive; it is not about decriminalizing the drugs, but the people who use them. I applaud this government for taking this step.

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