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Report on drug toxicity crisis too timid

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Select Standing Committee on Health has submitted its final report on the urgent and ongoing drug poisoning crisis in British Columbia.

“Today’s report is a reflection of the political landscape of this Assembly. In terms of recognizing the role of safe supply to stabilize this situation, the recommendations of this report do not go as far as I'd hoped,“ said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley. 

Furstenau: Changes to general practitioner payment model lacks plan to measure success

VICTORIA, B.C. – Today, the Minister of Health announced a new payment model to retain and attract family physicians in British Columbia. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, has issued the following statement:

“It is good to see concrete action that recognizes the challenges family doctors have been facing, and that acknowledges the diverse needs of patients. Amending the current system to compensate doctors who spend more time with their patients is a good step forward.

Legislative session waiting on Eby

VICTORIA, B.C. – Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and House Leader for the B.C. Green Caucus has issued the following statement: 

“What is taking so long to get the premier up and running? This is completely unacceptable, there is no reason why there should be a month long delay in transition. He has been absent from the House and now he’s cutting a week of session, it is increasingly looking like premier designate David Eby does not want to be asked questions or be held accountable.

Furstenau: In response to Eby’s 100-day plan

VICTORIA, B.C. – In response to premier-designate David Eby’s 100-day plan, Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement: 

“I congratulate David Eby for becoming premier-designate. There is a lot of work to do that will require courage and focus. British Columbians are frustrated with the cost of living, with the lack of affordable housing, they are worried about the collapse of our healthcare system, the unrelenting deaths from the poisoned drug crisis, and that we have a government that doesn’t recognize the severity of the climate crisis.

Furstenau: This is a sad day for democracy

VICTORIA B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the  BC Green Party and Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, released the following statement on the disqualification of Anjali Appadurai from the BC NDP leadership contest:

“This is a sad day for democracy,” said Furstenau.  “Ms. Appadurai’s campaign spoke honestly about the overlapping health care, climate, and affordability crises that British Columbians are facing and this government’s failure to make progress on them. It’s no surprise that so many people were inspired by her message.  To those who joined Anjali’s campaign with so much hope: please don't give up on politics. The stakes are too high. It’s important that your voice is heard and we are listening.”

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