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BC Green leader to address Victoria Chamber in September

Business breakfast on Tues Sept 10

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BC Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau is running in Victoria-Beacon Hill in the Oct 19, 2024 provincial election. [BC Green]
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Saturday July 6, 2024 | VICTORIA, BC

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends


Breakfast with BC Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau is next-up on the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce series of events with leaders of the BC political parties.

NDP Premier David Eby addressed Chamber members over breakfast in May. BC United Leader Kevin Falcon addressed chamber members over lunch on June 6, and Conservative Party Leader John Rustad addressed the business crowd on June 19.

Election on October 19:

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The official 29-day campaign starts September 21, ahead of the October 19, 2024 BC Provincial Election.

Advance voting starts October 10 (continuing on October 11, 12, 13, 15, and 16). Thanksgiving is on Monday October 14. | CALENDAR/RESOURCE PAGE for BC ELECTION

Shifting to downtown:

Furstenau will be running head to head with prominent NDP cabinet minister Grace Lore in the downtown riding of Victoria-Beacon Hill.

Furstenau is the outgoing MLA for Cowichan Valley (where was elected in 2017 and again in 2020).

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Grace Lore (left) is the NDP MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. Sonia Furstenau will run for the BC Greens in Victoria-Beacon Hill in the Oct 2024 election. [IST composite]

Furstenau told media earlier this season, with bravado, that ‘she always wins’ wherever she runs.

Furstenau spent over two decades building a family and a community in Victoria. She earned three degrees at UVic, operated small businesses, and taught in the Victoria School District.

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BC Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau announced her shift to Victoria-Beacon Hill, at a media session January 31, 2024. [livestream]

Back in February, when announcing her run for Victoria-Beacon Hill she also announced her relocation back to Fairfield which she strongly implies feels like home.

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Six candidates in Greater Victoria area:

In addition to Furstenau running in Victoria-Beacon Hill, presently there are only 17 other candidates running across 93 ridings.

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BC Green candidates in the Greater Victoria area (top row from left): Sonia Furstenau (Victoria-Beacon Hill), Dr Lisa Gunderson (Oak Bay -Gordon Head), Ned Taylor (Saanich South); and (bottom row from left): Christina Winter (Victoria-Swan Lake), David Evans (Juan de Fuca-Malahat), and Camille Currie (Esquimalt-Colwood). [Composite by Island Social Trends]

Here on the Greater Victoria area that includes five BC Green candidates: Camille Currie in Esquimalt-Colwood, David Evans in Juan de Fuca-Malahat, Dr Lisa Gunderson in Oak Bay-Gordon Head, Ned Taylor in Saanich South, and Christina Winter in Victoria-Swan Lake.

Building up from two:

After former BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver quit in late 2019, Furstenau’s party was reduced to two — herself and Adam Olsen — in the 2020 snap election called by then-Premier John Horgan.

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BC Green Party leadership Sonia Furstenau (Party Leader) and Adam Olsen (House Leader), Fall 2023. [Composite – Island Social Trends]

In many ways the Furstenau-Olsen team has been the conscience of the BC Legislative Assembly, a tough slog. Olsen is not running for re-election in Saanich North and the Islands.

Open call, party undergoing change:

In many ways, it seems like the BC Greens will be fighting to hold on tooth and nail in this fall’s election. They have some strong up-and-comers in Camille Currie, Ned Taylor and David Evans, but even with any of those three winning it will be a new day for the BC Greens in the BC Legislature after October 19 (the next legislative session is scheduled to start in February 2025).

This past week, Furstenau and Olsen posted a video to their mailing list and posted online, pitching an open call for anyone who would like to be a BC Green Party candidate in this fall’s provincial election.

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That seems as open as the possibilities for what the party might represent going forward. The baseline of the Greens at any political level is about protection of the environment. Over time they have emerged to rely on evidence-based

Breakfast registration online:

The chamber breakfast event to hear from Sonia Furstenau on Tuesday September 10 at the Hotel Grand Pacific is $88 for members, $115 for non-members. The format includes breakfast networking, keynote speech, and moderated Q&A.

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