I am inspired every day by the incredible groups who work together to tackle Cowichan’s many challenges and needs.

We give voice to a wide variety of issues, including watershed protection, child wellness, infrastructure upgrades for health and education, and First Nations’ leadership support.

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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 back through the CleanBC industrial incentive program when …

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 protection in social work—which includes ability to enter home without warrant—requires highly …

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 in solidarity as legislators. However, as I said in …

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 metres of the trees have been logged. Transcript LOGGING PRACTICES AND …

Election Amendment Act

I am pleased to support this bill, the Election Amendment Act, specifically the registration of voters at 16 years old. Transcript S. Furstenau: I am pleased to rise today to speak in support of Bill 43, the Election Amendment Act. I think that this is a step that we’re seeing our province moving into the 21st …

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 Columbians with accurate, timely data about the progress taxpayers are funding. Transcript S. Furstenau: I’m delighted to be …

Question Period: Water Quality in Shawnigan Lake

Today in Question Period, I asked the Minister of Health if the Provincial Health Officer has investigated the source of increased lead levels in drinking water along Stebbings Road and Goldstream Heights Road, and whether his ministry will take action to identify risks the contaminated soils sites have on drinking water in the Shawnigan watershed. …

Introduction: Fostering Change

It was a pleasure to introduce youth from Fostering Change, who are advocating for comprehensive agreements for young adults who were in the foster care system. I was moved by their request to be lifted up in the same way their peers are lifted up by their parents

Question Period: Climate Risk Assessment Report

Today in Question Period I asked the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy why the NDP government did not communicate the contents of a climate risk assessment report that was released this past summer, and how his ministry is working with FLNRORD ministry to ensure forests in the future will mitigae climate change effects …

Question Period: Shawnigan Soil Dump Closure Plan

Today, I asked the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy how many of the conditions in the closure plan have been met, and if the minister has any expectation that the work would be completed by his deadline. Hansard Transcript S. Furstenau: Yesterday I asked the Minister of Energy and Mines about the order …

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