I believe everybody wins when we empower them to participate in the decisions that affect them.

Our mission is to work collaboratively in the Cowichan Valley and in the Provincial Legislature to create a vision for the future that everyone can get behind.

Sonia on the issues

Budget Estimates 2020: Old Growth Forests

Today in budget estimates, I asked the Minister of FLNRORD a question about old-growth forest management. Public information available on the government website is inconsistent. I asked if the government will accurately represent what type of old forest remains, and...

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Question Period: COVID 19 response

Today, in an extraordinary legislative session, a small quorum of MLAs came together to pass a supply bill to provide authority to the government to fund a COVID 19 response. During Question Period, I asked two questions: The first about how the COVID 19 response...

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Constituency Office Closed

After considering the latest information about the spread of COVID-19, our constituency office will be closed to walk-ins.   We will continue to serve constituents on provincial matters by phone or email. Contact us at at 250 715 2792 or...

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Question Period: Sexual Assault Support

In Question Period, I asked the Minister of Health or the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General which one of them was taking responsibility for ensuring specialized services are available to sexual assault survivors. British Columbia is home to the Victoria...

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Statement: International Women’s Day (IWD)

Today, I rose in the legislature to make a statement about International Women's Day 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vuzyfwKiNg S. Furstenau: Super Tuesday was not so super for Elizabeth Warren, and so it looks as though the U.S. Democratic Party will get to...

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Question Period: Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic Funding

Today in Question Period, I asked why the Minister of Finance didn't fund the Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic's proposal for Budget 2020 so that their work can continue and so that other communities in B.C. can open clinics on their own. Despite the overwhelming demand...

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A statement about Tricia Datené

Today, I had an opportunity to make a statement about my constituency assistant Tricia Datené. I couldn't do this job without her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmuyt--ZtIY&    

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Question Period: Crisis in Cowichan

Today in Question Period, I asked the minister of mental health and addictions what the government is doing to respond to the escalating health and safety concerns associated with substance abuse in Cowichan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlWAeaySVwM Transcript S....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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