March 8 marks International Women's Day (IWD), a day to recognize the struggles and successes of women across the world. The theme of this year's Women's Day, as determined by the UN, is 'Equality for Women is Progress for All'. In Canada, where many of the realities preventing gender equality are often minimized, IWD helps to bring to light the obstacles and prejudices that women still face today.
“This past May, British Columbians elected a historic number of women to the Legislature, however, women are still vastly under-represented in politics in British Columbia comprising only 35% of MLAs," said Andrew Weaver, MLA, “Greens believe that real progress requires participation. We must recognize the importance of women in decision-making and work harder to achieve full gender equality”.
The Canadian Government has rejected the New Prosperity Gold & Copper Mine southwest of Williams Lake, BC for the second time. Federal Conservative Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced that she, like her predecessor Jim Prentice, had turned down the mine proposal concluding the “Project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects that cannot be mitigated.”Read more
Media Statement: March 3rd, 2014
For Immediate Release
MLA Charts Own Path on Budget Vote – Andrew Weaver
Victoria BC – Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, voted today for Budget 2014 to proceed to the Committee of Supply. While the budget does not contain many of the priorities the BC Green Party is seeking, the tabling of a balanced budget offers a good starting point that Andrew Weaver, as the only BC Green Party MLA, can build on.
“This is certainly not a budget I would have tabled — that is why I continue to raise my concerns. Yet the question for me is this: How can I best represent my constituents? Being an effective MLA is about more than just opposing for the sake of it — it is about being constructive and genuinely willing to work across party lines.” To read more, Please visit Andrew Weaver's Community Page
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2014
New Prosperity mine decision a win for the environment
OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada joins the BC Green Party in welcoming today’s announcement from Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq that the New Prosperity mine development proposal has been rejected.
This controversial proposal from Taseko Mines Ltd. for for an open-pit gold-copper mine at Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) in the central BC interior follows an almost identical development proposal that was rejected by then-Minister of Environment Jim Prentice in 2010.Read more
Dr. Andrew Weaver's response to the 2014 Budget. To read more, please visit Dr. Weaver's community website
“At 17, I may not be old enough to vote, but I still feel it is of paramount importance to convey my dissatisfaction with our government’s blatant disregard for these legally binding targets. Policy decisions made today will undoubtedly have an effect on my life—both in the short and the long-term—and with this at the forefront of my mind, I stand in defense of my future”
I hope those words echo through the walls of this chamber. They are the words of Tessa Owens, an incredibly articulate and engaged young woman who, together with 20 other students, visited my office on February 3. The legally binding targets that she was referring to, of course, are our 2020 climate targets. Enshrined in law; grounded in necessity. Read More