Statement on response to COVID-19 crisis

Mar 24, 2020 | 41-5, Blog, Governance, Video | 2 comments

I delivered the BC Green Caucus response to Premier John Horgan’s Ministerial Response to the serious public health and economic disruptions caused by COVID-19.

The impact of this virus is unlike anything we have experienced before, the global response is unprecedented. It was a surreal day in the British Columbia legislature.

[Transcript]

I’d like to thank the Premier and the member for Abbotsford West for their words today.

On behalf of the B.C. Green caucus, I share our condolences to the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

This is an unparalleled time in our local, provincial, national and global communities. The depth of the disruption is unprecedented. As each and every day passes, British Columbians are reaching out, expressing their concerns and fears and sharing how this crisis is impacting them.

Thank you to the health officials — Dr. Bonnie Henry, Minister Adrian Dix and their staff — for their exemplary work making difficult decisions under extraordinary circumstances.

Thank you to all the health care workers dedicated to caring for those who are sick.

Thank you all the front-line service workers who continue to deliver services to British Columbians who are needing to survive ongoing isolation.

Thank you to British Columbians who have found creative ways to support their neighbours and connect with each other to help each other through this really difficult time.

We are still in a public health emergency, and we’re committed to working collaboratively with our colleagues, all the members of this House, to ensure British Columbians get the support they need as soon as possible.

As we get through this crisis, the B.C. Green caucus looks to continue with a collaborative approach to the medium- and long-term recovery of individuals and our business community to ensure that British Columbia comes out of this stronger, more resilient and more sustainable.

To all British Columbians, your health and well-being are a top priority for us. Please continue to follow the advice of our health professionals: wash your hands, self-isolate and maintain safe physical distance. Much love to you all.

HÍSW̱ḴE SIÁM.


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2 Comments

  1. Cam Owens

    Thanks for your calming words in this time of unprecedented disruption. Yes, may we come out of this more mindful, more caring, more resilient, and more understanding of what’s truly important.

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  2. sandy

    PLEASE ask the government to stop work at the mancamps. It seems to me to be based on corporate greed rather than helping the public deal with this pandemic. just stop it.

    Reply

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