In response to Elizabeth May’s recent endorsement of rival B.C. Green leadership candidate Sonia Furstenau, Kim Darwin declared the following in a Facebook post: “Southern Vancouver Islanders have been stalwart BC Green supporters, even when it wasn’t popular to talk about the environment and climate action. This group has stuck together for so many years, and have formed incredibly strong bonds. This was apparent last week when Elizabeth May provided her endorsement to her Southern Vancouver Island mate.However, it is fundamental to the continued growth of the party to expand beyond Southern Vancouver Island, and build equally deep roots in the rest of the Province. That is my promise.

We must not take any actions that will allow our party to go back to being branded as a one issue party, or the party of one particular region of BC; we must be just as strong or stronger in Vancouver, Surrey, Whistler, Nelson, Prince George, Kelowna, Penticton, Kitimat, Salmon Arm or 100 Mile House. We must be the party that is known not only for climate science, but also for economic revival, inclusive policies to ensure a green recovery for all; the party known for thoughtful, pragmatic solutions to issues such as reconciliation and reparation; the advocates for critical investments in mental health, childhood education and elder care. We must be the party that all British Columbians know they can trust with the hard decisions on healthcare investing, homelessness, the environment and the economy.”

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