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BC Green Leader responds to water sustainability report in midst of drought and record-setting wildfire season

VICTORIA, B.C. - Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley, released the following statement in response to Working for Watersheds: Opportunities for Growth in BC’s Watershed SectorThe report reveals that in 2019 the watershed sector supported over 45,000 jobs in British Columbia, contributed an estimated $5 billion to the province’s GDP, and advocates for ongoing government support for watershed resiliency through the Watershed Security Fund.

Government’s inaction on climate change fails to recognize public health emergency: B.C. Green leader

VICTORIA, B.C. – As British Columbians struggle to cope with the current heat wave, B.C. Greens Leader Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley says the government’s failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions underscores its failure to treat climate change as a public health emergency.

B.C. Greens respond to findings of unmarked graves on grounds of former Marieval (Cowessess) Residential School

VICTORIA, B.C. – Cowessess First Nation has announced the findings of 751 unmarked graves at Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. The B.C. Green Caucus today, issued the following statement:

“My heart is with those who were found and their families. This is another devastating affirmation of the horrific reality of residential schools,”  said Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and a member of the Tsartlip First Nation. “An estimated 150,000 children attended these deplorable institutions over more than a hundred years - we know that this is just the beginning of this chapter of uncovering.

B.C. Greens hold government accountable on key issues

VICTORIA, B.C. – B.C. Green MLAs Sonia Furstenau (Cowichan Valley) and Adam Olsen (Saanich North and the Islands) concluded a successful Legislative session where they held government accountable on a range of key issues. 

Furstenau introduces petition with 30,000 signatures – 12 years after Horgan’s own petition to protect old-growth forests

VICTORIA B.C. – Today in the legislature, B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau introduced a B.C. Green Party petition to protect old-growth forests with 30,151 signatures from British Columbians. 

This comes 12 years after then-opposition MLA John Horgan and six other B.C. NDP MLAs introduced petitions to protect old-growth forests and ban raw log exports in 2009. Since 2009, BC NDP MLAs have introduced at least 12 separate old-growth petitions, including twice in 2019 while in government.

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