B.C. Green Caucus statement on official opposition motion on “foreign influence” in politics
VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, released the following statement on MLA Rustad’s motion on “foreign influence” on B.C. public policy issues.Read more
Weaver: Taking big money out of recall campaigns will strengthen our democracy
VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, today commended the government’s legislation that would take big money out of recall campaigns. Weaver says the legislation builds on the work the B.C. NDP government and his Caucus are doing to make the B.C. political system more responsive to voters rather than special interests.Read more
Weaver welcomes new government procurement process, calls for comprehensive streamlining of support for innovators
VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, welcomed government’s announcement that it is streamlining procurement to better support B.C. innovators. Weaver added that the government should streamline and modernize all supports for B.C. small businesses and innovators.
“This is a good first step towards supporting B.C. innovators and demonstrates why government should streamline and modernize all support for entrepreneurs,” said Weaver.Read more
Andrew Weaver statement on beneficial ownership registry white paper
VICTORIA, B.C. – Today Andrew Weaver responded to government’s release of proposed legislation to create a beneficial ownership registry.
“Government should match its data collection and transparency efforts with decisive action and immediately close the bare trust loophole,” said Weaver.Read more
B.C. Green Caucus responds to government’s speculation tax changes
VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, issued the following statement in response to the government’s announced changes to the speculation tax.
“It’s a positive sign that this government is willing to listen to British Columbians and to make adjustments to policies,” said Weaver.Read more
Final hurdle towards banning big money cleared
VICTORIA, B.C. - The Election Amendment Act, which bans corporate, union and out-of-province donations in British Columbia’s electoral system, as well as limits the amount of money individuals can contribute, has passed third reading, the final political hurdle before becoming law. The B.C. Greens consulted extensively with the government in the development of the legislation, and introduced several amendments in order to increase transparency, reduce the influence of big money already in the system and make the legislation more equitable for small parties.
“I am absolutely thrilled that we have finally taken this significant step towards to putting people back at the centre of B.C. politics,” said Weaver.Read more
B.C. Greens work with government to increase transparency, reduce influence of big money in new campaign finance legislation
VICTORIA, B.C. - Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, and Adam Olsen, Party spokesperson for campaign finance, welcomed the introduction of a number of amendments to the Elections Amendment Act today. Two amendments, one to phase in quarterly reporting and another to limit the influence of big money currently in the system, were ideas that the B.C. Greens brought to the table during their consultations with the government following the introduction of the legislation earlier this year.
“Big money has been a notorious defining feature for B.C. politics, and it is remarkable how far we have come since the election,” said Weaver.Read more
B.C. Green caucus welcomes government’s move to ban big money from municipal elections
VICTORIA, B.C. - Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, and Adam Olsen, party spokesperson for campaign finance reform and for municipal affairs, welcomed the government’s move to extend campaign finance legislation to municipal elections. If passed, the move would ensure that the 2018 municipal elections would fall under the new rules.
“I am thrilled for the municipalities of this province that their next elections will be free of the influence of big money,” said Weaver.Read more
Weaver statement on B.C. Liberals voting against banning big money
VICTORIA, B.C. - Andrew Weaver issued the following statement in response to the B.C. Liberal caucus voting against a bill that would ban big money. The Liberals voted against sending the bill to committee stage after it had already passed second reading. Votes on particular aspects of the bill that could be resolved by amendments are done at the committee stage of the bill.Read more