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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 rooted in looking backwards. What we need …

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 solution — and it’s taking money away from those who …

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 since our community has been raising concerns about this site. I …

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 as the incredible people who make our work possible: the Legislative Assembly team, …

Question Period: CGL Pipeline Project and Government Relationship with Wet’suwet’en Nation

In Question Period, I asked the government what steps they took to work with the federal government and with CGL to hold off seeking an extension of their injunction in order to allow more engagement with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, particularly since the Missing report meant that no construction could take part in the Morice River …

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 years. However after more than over two years of engaging …

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 …

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