Categories: Home News

B.C. Green MLA makes Vernon appearance

B.C. Green MLA Adam Olsen was in Vernon’s Cenotaph Park Saturday afternoon to speak to the public – one of roughly 40 events that volunteer teams with the party are holding between June and September.

Olsen was elected to the Saanich North and the Islands electoral district in 2017. He’s one of three members of the Green Party who sit on the provincial Legislative Assembly alongside Sonia Furstenau and party leader Andrew Weaver.

Olsen was introduced just after 12 p.m. in front of a gathering of about 20 supporters by Keli Westgate, the B.C. Green Party candidate in the Vernon-Monashee riding for the 2017 provincial election.

“Thank you for continuing to advance what is a very diverse set of policies and ideas that will help us change and renew our relationship not only to nature and to our economy, but also to ourselves,” he said to the crowd of supporters donning Green Party pins.

Olsen’s names salmon policy as the issue he’s been most involved around, and pointed to the province’s dropping number of sockeyes. His policy priorities also revolve around the province’s forestry industry.

“Communities are devastated, people have lost their jobs, and there’s very little reliability in the economy that has been left behind in this,” he said, making direct reference to the ongoing rallies by lumber industry workers in Mackenzie, B.C.

Olsen grew up in Saanich but spent a lot of time in Vernon growing up.

“If I’m going to leave anything here it’s not going to be a policy piece, it’s not going to be politics, it’s just going to be that this is a community that has always had a soft spot in my heart,” he said.

Read More: Big rally in northern B.C. draws attention to continuing lumber crisis

Read More: B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Marc Reinarz, federal Green candidate for the North Okanagan – Shuswap district, was also in attendance. Climate change was the main topic he spoke to during his brief speech to attendants.

The party’s local associations cover 32 ridings across the province, and newly forming associations will soon cover an additional 15 ridings. They play a central role in holding B.C. Greens events, recruiting new supporters, fundraising as well as selecting the B.C. Green candidate in the riding for the next provincial election.


Brendan Shykora
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter
Brendan Shykora

Share
Published by
Brendan Shykora
Tags: Election 2019 Green Party

Recent Posts

  • Columnists
  • Opinion

COLUMN: A mix of good and bad news about B.C.’s economy

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

4 hours ago
  • Entertainment

‘Antigone’ chosen as Canada’s contender for international film Oscar

Film centres on immigrant teen caught between her moral code and the justice system

5 hours ago
  • Canada & World
  • Federal Election

Man who went to 2001 party doesn’t recall anyone being hurt by Trudeau in brownface

‘It’s so taken out of context. It’s applying today’s standards to yesterday’s actions’

5 hours ago
  • Business
  • Canada & World

New LNG tech developed at University of Calgary touted as greener, cheaper

Less equipment, energy, water and chemicals means lower operating costs and emissions

5 hours ago
  • Business
  • Canada & World
  • Home2

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

6 hours ago
  • Home
  • Local News
  • News

First pot shop, more development coming to Lumby

Village growth includes bike park, plans for senior housing, hotel renos

6 hours ago