I believe everybody wins when we empower them to participate in the decisions that affect them.

Our mission is to work collaboratively in the Cowichan Valley and in the Provincial Legislature to create a vision for the future that everyone can get behind.

Sonia on the issues

Bill 21: Forest and Range Practices Amendment Act

This is my response to Bill 21, the Forest and Range Practices Amendment Act. This amendment act is an important step in the right direction. By creating more frequent opportunities for public input, communities will be able to review and comment on forestry plans....

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Question Period: Addictions Treatment Centre

in Question Period, I asked the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions if the government will commit to funding an addictions treatment centre in the Cowichan Valley. As the minister points out, there has been a response to harm reduction, but that's not enough....

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Tax Credits for LNG: The final reading of Bill 10

Today, the NDP Government, together with the BC Liberals, voted in favour of financial incentives in the form of tax credits to LNG Canada in the third and final reading of the Income Tax Amendment Act, 2019. As I was delivering my final speech on this bill: a survey...

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Tax Credits for LNG: Third Reading Speech

This is what I had hoped to say on third reading of Bill 10: Income Tax Amendment Act, 2019. However, the deputy speaker indicated that it was not allowed. I believe that this is relevant information, and that it is important for all MLAs to take into account what is...

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Question Period: Public Inquiry into Money Laundering

In Question Period, I asked BC's attorney general what the timeline is for the government to decide if a public inquiry is warranted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM4jTgGvLE8&feature=youtu.be Transcript Over a year ago I asked the Attorney General for more...

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My Response to Bill 10 – Income Tax Amendment Act, 2019

Bill 10 gives increased tax credits to the LNG industry. We have voted against it at every stage. It's 2019. We have a critical choice to make: will we make decisions that take us to a safer, healthier future, or will we double down on 20th-century energy and the...

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Question Period: Campbell River Water Supply

In Question Period, I asked the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Strategy what precautions have been taken to ensure there is no risk to Campbell River's water supply given that a landfill site located within its watershed may be allowed to accept...

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Tax Credits for LNG – Andrew Weaver’s Amendment

Bill 10 provides increased financial incentives in the form of tax credits to LNG Canada.   Yesterday, I spoke to Andrew Weaver's amendment to this bill as such: "be not now read a second time, as the B.C. government has not yet identified a pathway that brings us 100...

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Question Period: Hydraulic Fracturing

In Question Period, I asked the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources what actions the government will take to measure water use in hydraulic fracturing practices. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isn6wsG-zxc&t=11s Transcript Q1   According to...

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Introduction – Anita Mark

Anita Mark never fails to inspire with her efforts to raise awareness about the greatest causes of poverty – and to present the best solutions for combatting that poverty. And Tuberculosis – or TB – is not only a cause of poverty, it’s one of the top ten causes of...

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