For immediate release
May 11, 2023
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Green Caucus focused on forward-looking actions during the Spring Legislative Session, putting the well-being of the people of British Columbia at the heart of their efforts.
In the 11-week session, the Greens made 21 calls for government action and tabled seven private members’ bills or amendments. The hardworking B.C. Green MLAs were able to make a significant impact.
“The Green Caucus focused on providing solutions this session. We were intentional in calling for actions that improve the well-being of British Columbians,“ said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley.
Highlights of B.C. Green Caucus efforts include:
- Introducing legislation to restrict the use of non-disclosure agreements, prevent conflicts of interest, and amend Island Coastal Economic Trust funding.
- Tabling amendments to include pay equity.
- Proposing a four-day workweek pilot.
- Advocating for raising shamefully low disability rates and removing punitive clawbacks.
- Advocating for indoor clean air standards and better regulation of oil and gas, like revoking CGL’s permit.
- Calling for regulation of addictions treatment centers.
- Calling for paid practicum for nurses.
- Calling for a tuition freeze across post-secondary institutions.
- Calling for major investments in public transportation, including bringing the service back into public operations instead of using private contractors.
- Calling for immediate action on short-term rentals.
The Green Caucus also held the government to account on issues related to energy, funding for rural areas, housing, and policing, among others.
“It is government’s responsibility to create the conditions where people feel secure and supported every day, but especially in a crisis when the flood and fire seasons intersect. The B.C. Green caucus is focused on ensuring British Columbians can count on essential government services being there when they need them,” continued Furstenau.
“We are committed to advocating for the well-being of British Columbians.”
B.C. Green Caucus
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