With two weeks to go before the provincial election on May 9, the Greens are rolling out their full platform.
The party is taking a position that leader Andrew Weaver hopes will get them out of the shadows of the B.C. Liberals and the NDP, campaigning as much on economic issues as climate action.
Weaver hopes that addressing the rising cost of living in B.C. will resonate with voters.
“The B.C. Liberals are touting B.C.’s economic success, yet the benefits of our economy have been concentrated at the top, while the life has become increasingly more unaffordable for ordinary people.”
Weaver went on to say that while Vancouver may be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it also has some of the worst social problems.
“… you know I just watched a person die on the streets of Vancouver this morning from a fentanyl overdose, and then a few minutes later an ambulance was called for another overdose, these are the problems that we created.”
He also took a swing at the other parties for accepting union and corporate fundraising.
He says the Greens’ act of banning the practice hasn’t hurt them – in fact, they’ve gained 3,000 new donors.
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A recent poll showed the Greens contending for first place on Vancouver Island.
Despite that lead, other polls show the party firmly in third behind the NDP and Liberals province-wide.
One NDP gatecrasher was also in attendance at the event.
While Weaver says he wants to take the next election, he’s also said he would talk to either party in the event of there being no clear winner on May 9.
NDP MLA Shane Simpson remained tight-lipped when asked whether the party would support a minority deal.
“Adam Olson, the campaign chair for the Greens, said he wasn’t uncomfortable with Christy Clark returning. I haven’t heard from the Greens that they are as comfortable, in fact, standing with the Liberals.”
Weaver has told CKNW that no conversations over a minority deal have taken place between the Greens and the two major parties.