VICTORIA B.C. –B.C. Green MLA Adam Olsen (Saanich North and the Islands) released the following statement today in response to the announcement of Anjali Appadurai’s campaign for the leadership of the B.C. NDP:
“I am pleased that the B.C. NDP will have a leadership contest featuring different points of view and visions for the province of B.C. It is very important for our democracy that a leadership contest resulting in a new premier has a robust and engaging process.
“While I applaud Ms. Appadurai’s social and environmental values, the reality is that the B.C. NDP caucus has propped up the fossil fuel industry with billions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies, it has moved forward with the destruction of farmland and traditional Indigenous territory by approving Site C twice, and it has used the RCMP and the courts to aggressively fight Indigenous rights. The B.C. NDP caucus has failed to curb the intensification of the housing crisis, and it has failed to even put forward a plan to address the family doctor shortage.
“48 of the 57-member B.C. NDP caucus has endorsed David Eby for leader and premier, who said at the launch of his leadership campaign, ‘Really I don’t see any radical shifts happening here for government.’ This is the caucus that Ms. Appadurai would inherit and would have to work with.”
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