For immediate release
May 8, 2023
VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Green Party and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement in response to the forensic investigation of BC Housing:
“Ernst and Young’s recommendations ask this government to consider a number of concrete actions which government has committed to implementing by Spring 2024. I am glad to see these steps being taken, but we’ve seen this government not follow through on its commitments to report recommendations before. If the government hopes to restore public trust, it is imperative that they follow through this time.
“We have also seen a pattern of disturbing reports into provincial institutions and practices, including the BC Lottery Corporation, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, professional reliance, and more. Rather than wait for the next catastrophe or scandal, this government must proactively apply transparency, effective oversight, conflict of interest guidelines and whistleblower protection across its ministries and Crown Corporations.
“While this work is ongoing, I want to emphasize that the essential supportive housing services offered through BC Housing and its housing providers must not be negatively impacted. If anything, these services need to scale up dramatically, so that the most marginalized people in our province can live in safety and dignity.”
B.C. Green Caucus
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