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

Response to Budget 2020

Today, in my response to Budget 2020, I spoke about our need to focus our efforts on building resilient communities across BC. I am supportive of many of the programs and policies in this budget, but as a whole, it takes an incrementalist approach that is far too...

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Question Period: Supporting Innovation

Mark Carney, the Former Governor of the Bank of Canada and current UN Special Envoy on Climate Change yesterday spoke about how governments and industries can reach their targets: “It's putting money behind those who are solving the problem — or are part of the...

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Question Period: SIA Water Sampling

In Question Period, I asked the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy why have the water sampling results from the shallow monitoring wells at the contaminated soil site in Shawnigan Lake not been made available to the public. It's been over eight years...

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Response to the Throne Speech: 83 – 3

Transcript S. Furstenau: I want to welcome back my colleagues and friends to the chamber. Before I begin today, I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge the opening of the session — it's the first in a new decade — as well...

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Shawnigan Soil – Update January 2020

Shawnigan Soil – Update January 2020

When the former Minister of Environment revoked the permit for the contaminated landfill in Shawnigan Lake, our community rejoiced.  We had stood up for the future we wanted, and we had been successful in getting the outcome we’d fought for over the course of several...

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Question Period: Incentives for LNG

In Question Period, I asked the Minister of Finance about a recent order in council that had been published, with new details about a financing agreement between government and LNG Canada. I asked what percent of the carbon tax above $30 a tonne LNG Canada will get...

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Question Period: Social Worker Educational Requirements

In Question Period, I asked the Minister of Children and Family Development about the educational requirements for social workers in her ministry. I noted concerns raised by the BCGEU and BC Association of Social Workers, who both recognize the complex nature of child...

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Bill 45: Taxation on Vaping

The government introduced a ten-point plan to address the issue of youth vaping, including Bill 45, which increases the tax rates on vaping products. I commend the NDP government and the BC Liberals in their support of this bill. I am glad that we're approaching this...

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Question Period: Endangered Species Legislation

In Question Period, I asked the ministers of FLNRORD and Environment what they were doing to protect the whitebark pine. Forty-two percent of the global population of this species lives in B.C., but since the species was listed as endangered, more than 19,000 cubic...

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Election Amendment Act

I am pleased to support this bill, the Election Amendment Act, specifically the registration of voters at 16 years old. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O2umeHguOA Transcript S. Furstenau: I am pleased to rise today to speak in support of Bill 43, the Election...

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Climate Change Accountability Amendment Act

This bill, the Climate Change Accountability Amendment Act, is about basic good governance. It says that governments should follow the law. Governments should ensure every industry operates in accordance with the law and government should report back to British...

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