VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, welcomed the government’s changes to ICBC’s rate structure announced today.
“I am pleased that B.C. drivers will have a fairer rate structure,” said Weaver.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Green caucus welcomed the Ministry of Agriculture Advisory Committee’s agricultural land reserve (ALR) revitalization report released today. The Caucus emphasized that the government should act quickly to adopt the recommendations to limit house size on ALR land and to return the entire ALR to a single zone.
“The ALR is crucial to supporting B.C. agriculture, farmers and our local food security,” said Adam Olsen, B.C. Greens spokesperson for agriculture.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, says the government’s move to collect information on beneficial ownership of properties underscores the immediate need to close the bare trust loophole. Bare trusts allow for the transfer of beneficial ownership within trusts. Since no title change occurs, no property transfer tax (PTT) is paid.
“This data collection is a good first step, but the province should proceed with applying property transfer tax to the transfer of beneficial ownership,” said Weaver.
VICTORIA, B.C. – Adam Olsen, B.C. Green Party spokesperson for transportation, responded to the government’s announced changes to update the taxi industry and bring in a ride-hailing regime.
“While we are disappointed British Columbians will still not have ride-hailing this winter, we are glad that the government has committed to a path forward,” said Olsen.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. – Today Andrew Weaver welcomed the launch of the Emerging Economy Task Force (EETF). The EETF was a key B.C. Green platform commitment and part of the confidence and supply agreement between the B.C. Green caucus and government.
“I am thrilled to join Minister Ralston to launch the Emerging Economy Task Force today,” said Andrew Weaver, Leader of the B.C. Green Party.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Green Caucus is calling on government to step up marine monitoring and protection in the wake of an audit of fish processing facilities. Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, says the report shows a disturbing pattern of widespread mismanagement by the previous B.C. Liberal government that must be addressed.
“Between ICBC, money laundering, the housing crisis and a litany of environmental disasters, it’s increasingly clear that the previous government badly mismanaged our province,” said Weaver.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, says that the government’s newly convened Basic Income Expert Panel is a significant step forward for the province’s 21st century economic strategy. The committee was announced at a press conference today in Vancouver and is related to the B.C. Greens’ Confidence and Supply Agreement with the B.C. NDP.
“At this moment, on the verge of fundamental economic change and with the old model of work already faltering for so many, we have an opportunity to create policy that sets the stage for a better future for British Columbians,” said Weaver.Read more
Government must take immediate steps to restore public confidence in oversight of industrial activity: Furstenau
VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, B.C. Green Party environment spokesperson, says government should move quickly to implement the recommendations of Mark Haddock’s professional reliance report. Addressing the failures of the professional reliance model was a key B.C. Green Party platform commitment and this report is the result of the review initiated by the Confidence and Supply Agreement between the B.C. Greens and the B.C. NDP.
“As pointed out in the report, the introduction of professional reliance resulted in a significant reduction in the numbers of experts in government, and a growing dependence on expertise and information from professionals hired by industry. This raised concerns about government’s capacity to provide adequate oversight to ensure the public interest,” said Furstenau.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Greens, issued the following statement today in recognition of Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
“Canadian Multiculturalism Day is an opportunity for us to reflect on the importance of diversity, equality and respect. This day was officially designated sixteen years ago with the purpose of celebrating the remarkable diversity of Canadians and recognizing the contributions that diverse perspectives have made to our society.Read more
Weaver: German report demonstrates need for systemic change, investigation into links with real estate sector
VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, welcomed Dr. Peter German’s independent review of money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos. Weaver says that German’s finding that large-scale transnational money laundering has been occurring in our casinos, and that B.C.’s laws and regulations have not kept pace with changing realities, demonstrates the need for wholesale policy change.
“Dr. German’s report demonstrates systemic failure within the previous government to adapt our laws and regulations to changing realities,” said Weaver.Read more