VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Green Caucus is calling into question the intended goals of Bill 34, Restricting Public Consumption of Illegal Substances Act. The Bill, in its current form, targets poverty and homelessness without providing evidence-based support for individuals struggling with housing insecurity, substance use, and addiction. Safety isn't selective, everyone in B.C. deserves security.
“If we want to achieve a true sense of public safety, we cannot adopt an 'out of sight, out of mind' approach. British Columbia is capable of implementing evidence-based solutions, and must do so immediately,” said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley. “Until these necessary and evidence-based services are in place - safe consumption sites, funding for communities to help their residents with housing and living support, and support for regulated treatment centres - the B.C. Greens cannot support this Bill.