For immediate release
November 26, 2020
VICTORIA, B.C. - Today, the B.C. government swore 24 members into cabinet after being in caretaker mode for over two months. B.C. Green Party leader MLA Sonia Furstenau for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement:
“MLA Olsen and I congratulate and welcome all ministers to their newly appointed roles.
“This cabinet has a significantly heavier weight of responsibility to bear than a typical new government. British Columbians deserve and expect urgent and immediate action on the variety of challenges facing our province.
“This government needs to keep British Columbians safe and keep our local businesses afloat through the second wave of COVID-19. They must also not forget the urgency of the opioid crisis, the climate emergency, existing systemic inequities, and lack of affordable housing for too many people.
“Today we also mark the anniversary of the passing of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA). All of the newly sworn-in cabinet ministers must ensure that Indigenous partnerships and consultation are a priority and that a DRIPA lens needs to be applied to every aspect of their role.
“The Premier has said he wants to run an inclusive legislature, and we expect to see that in action immediately. We look forward to working across party lines with all members in this legislature while strongly holding this new government to account on the decisions they make and any lack of progress on our most pressing challenges.”
Media contact JoJo Beattie Press Secretary B.C. Green Caucus +1 250-882-6187 | firstname.lastname@example.org