Minister Rustad's not-so-new approach

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Late last week, the provincial government decided to unceremoniously dump former B.C. Liberal Cabinet Minister, George Abbott as the incoming First Nations Treaty Commissioner. My thinking was that Mr. Abbott was a good choice. He served twice as the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR) and had the support of First Nations leadership and the federal government. But just a few days before he was supposed to begin his new role, Minister John Rustad, current MARR, who recruited Abbott, contacted him to say he was unable to get the necessary support from Cabinet for the appointment.

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[STATEMENT] UN World Water Day 2015

The B.C. Green Party today recognizes UN World Water Day 2015: A Day for Water and Water for Sustainable Development. The BC Green Party strongly believes that the value of water as a sustainable resource cannot be taken for granted. The global water cycle sustains natural ecosystems, urban centres, world health, human populations, industry, energy, equality and food production. In British Columbia, the B.C. Green Party is particularly aware of our water as not only a valuable, life-sustaining resource, but also as a key economic driver in energy, international trade and agriculture.

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[STATEMENT] UN International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination

Today, on UN International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination, the B.C. Green Party recommits itself to the 2015 theme of “learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today.” We know that the root causes of racism, racial discrimination and bigotry remain key social challenges in our province, country and world. One of the six core principles of the B.C. Green Party is respect for diversity. We continue to reach out to individuals, groups and other organizations to advance the goals of equity, equality and social justice so that racism and other forms of discrimination can be eliminated from all levels of society.
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Open letter to Premier Christy Clark on education

RE: Public Education

Dear Premier Christy Clark,

I am concerned by your approach to public education. As you may know, I have two small children. My son is in grade two, and my daughter, who is almost three, is already very excited about joining her big brother at school.

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Time to address the real issues facing local governments

When the provincial government appointed the Auditor General for Local Governments in 2011, I was a Councillor in the District of Central Saanich. The auditor was supposed to add value for local governments, but as we have learned this week, it appears the cost of the office has far outweighed its benefits.

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