Thursday, June 22, 2017

41st Parliament begins today

Oath ceremony with Leader John Horgan, 8/6/17
Dear Constituents,

Thank you for your support!

It is an honour to continue serving Saanich South in the BC Legislature!

This morning the 41st session began with the election of a Speaker. In just a few minutes I will take my seat in the House to hear the BC Liberals Throne Speech. They are trying to show they have the confidence of a majority of the MLAs elected in BC and have promised a speech full of big promises.

A big problem for them is that they most certainly DO NOT have the confidence of the House. Christy Clark and the BC Liberals are pursuing a strategy of delay and distraction. BC deserves better than that.

A majority of voting British Columbians chose the BC NDP or the Greens in the election last month. The BC NDP has signed an accord with the Greens and we are ready to govern.

I'm excited to get to work in a new BC NDP government. There is a lot of important and urgent work to be done - there is no more time for BC Liberal games. British Columbians voted for new leadership that works for regular people instead of just those at the top.

We’re ready to deliver it.

While all this drama continues at the Legislature, I am working hard with my team in the Saanich South Constituency Office. For example, here is a column I wrote this week for the Saanich News. It is an update on remediation efforts for Elk and Beaver Lake.

Warm regards, Lana

MLA Saanich South

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Working together to make life better for people


Dear Constituents,

Today the BC Liberal government announced it will recall the Legislature on June 22nd. The first order of business must be to elect a Speaker. The BC Liberal Government then intends to 'test the confidence of the House'. 

Tomorrow I will be sworn-in and will then formally be the MLA for Saanich South. 

Below is a message from Opposition Leader John Horgan. 

Last week B.C. New Democrats reached an historic agreement with the B.C. Greens to bring the change in government that B.C. voters told us they want. This agreement is about people and the change they voted for. It’s about getting things done for families. It’s about making exciting changes that will make life better for people.

We’re going to make life more affordable. We’re going to fix the services people count on. And we’re going to build a sustainable economy that works for everybody, and delivers good, stable, family-supporting jobs.

From health care to housing, from defending our coast to caring for our kids, we will work together to deliver change on what matters most to people.

Whether it is getting rid of unfair tolls, banning big money from politics, or ensuring our schools are equipped with basics like playgrounds and school supplies – there is so much a New Democrat government can do to make our province better for families.

I am very much looking forward to the coming weeks, when we will finally get the opportunity to form government and get to work for people.

Families have waited 16 years for high quality care for our vulnerable elders, and better access to family doctors. They have waited 16 years for their children to get out of portables and into real classrooms. They have waited 16 years for a government that takes our housing crisis seriously and takes real action to make life affordable for families.

In just a few short weeks B.C. New Democrats and B.C. Greens will work together to bring the change that British Columbians voted for. After 16 long years of waiting for solutions to so many problems, help is on the way.

Voters clearly said they want a government that works for people. A government that works together. And we will deliver on that government.

B.C. New Democrat and B.C. Green MLAs are not going to always agree on everything – but our agreement will give British Columbians a stable government, even should we disagree. I’m optimistic and excited for the future – because we agree on so very, very much.

New Democrats put forward a great platform during the election. It was a platform I was extremely proud of. It was about people and families and what matters to them the most. 

I intend to deliver on the commitments we made to the people of B.C., and on the priorities we share with the B.C. Greens.

Together, we have the confidence of the legislature, and the ability to govern. We can offer people the stability they want, the solutions they need and the results they deserve.

After 16 years of a government working for those at the top, we will have a government that works people. With the support of the B.C. Green MLAs, we will make life better for everyone in B.C.

I can’t wait to get started.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

B.C. New Democrat and B.C. Green caucuses ratify historic agreement

MLA-Elects Lana Popham (BC NDP), Judy Darcy (BC NDP),
Sonia Furstenau (BC Green Party) and Adam Olsen (BC Green Party)
signing the Confidence and Supply Agreement, 30 May 2017
All 44 elected MLAs from the B.C. New Democrat and B.C. Green caucuses have ratified an agreement pledging to work together to support a stable New Democrat government that works for people.

"The people of B.C. spoke loud and clear on election day - they want a government that works for them, not just those at the top. With the signing of this historic agreement, we are showing that we are ready to roll up our sleeves and work together to make lives better for British Columbians," said John Horgan, leader of the B.C. New Democrats.

"The results of the election clearly demonstrated that voters wanted to put an end to the bitter, divisive and cynical politics of the past, and get on with productive governance. Today, I am very proud to stand with John Horgan and our respective caucuses to demonstrate how two distinct parties can work together for the good of all," said Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Greens.

The B.C. New Democrat Government has agreed to advance several legislative and policy initiatives identified as a condition of support by the B.C. Green Caucus, including: 
Reforming our electoral system, getting the influence of big money out of politics, and reforming lobbying rules;

Recognizing that education is about lifelong learning and fast-tracking enhancement to K-12 education funding;

Protecting and promoting public health care, creating a proposal for an essential drugs program, and giving families the security of quality, affordable child care;

Getting people moving with better transit;

Giving the opioid crisis the attention it deserves;

Establishing an Emerging Economy Task Force and an Innovation Commission;

Eliminating Medical Services Premiums;

Implementing a basic income pilot project;

Fighting climate change while creating good jobs and introducing rebate cheques that will mean most people pay less while increasing the carbon tax beginning in 2018;

Sending the Site C project immediately to an independent review;

Opposing the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project.
"This agreement establishes a relationship of 'good faith and no surprises' between the B.C. Green caucus and a B.C. New Democrat government. It is our hope that it becomes a model for future B.C. governments, where working across party lines is quite ordinary. I have always believed we are better off when diverse views can be represented at the table. This is a new era for politics in B.C. - one where British Columbians are truly the winners," said Weaver.

"British Columbians have been waiting 16 long years for solutions to so many problems, and we want to help. A New Democrat government, with the support of Green MLAs, will make life more affordable, fix the services people count on, and build a sustainable economy that works for people. This agreement means we have the opportunity to make those changes that are so important. I'm optimistic and excited for the future," said Horgan.

The agreement can be found here.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Thank you!

Dear Constituents of Saanich South,

Thank you for participating in the democratic process.

It is an honour and a privilege to continue representing this constituency in the B.C. Legislature.

I welcome your opinions and directions on political matters of the day --especially given the uncertain dynamics of a potentially 'hung parliament' in the Legislative Assembly of B.C.

I am also soliciting your input on what priorities you would ask me to take on in the upcoming term.

I can be reached at lana.popham.mla@leg.bc.ca or 250 479 4154.

As always, please contact my office if you require assistance with programmes or agencies of the B.C. provincial government.

Until voting results are finalized by Elections BC and I am sworn in as an MLA in the Legislative Assembly, my work is circumscribed under law. Public hours at my Constituency Office are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm.

Warmly,

Lana

Lana Popham
MLA-Elect, Saanich South


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Website temporarily closed

Dear Saanich South,


On April 11 2017, the Lieutenant Governor will issue a "writ of election" which will dissolve the Legislative Assembly of BC and begin a 28 day election period regulated by Elections BC.

During this period I will no longer be an MLA and cannot do any work as an MLA. I will be one of several candidates running for re-election in Saanich South. Therefore the Constituency Office will not have regular hours and this website will be suspended.

However, limited Saanich South Constituency Office services will remain available in order to assist constituents with urgent matters. If the matter is an emergency please call 911. If you are a resident of Saanich South and require urgent assistance with provincial matters that cannot wait until after the election then please contact Samuel Godfrey at 250 813 3233.

Throughout the writ period, many British Columbians will be interested in more detail regarding candidates and their party's platform. The constituency office is non-partisan and cannot be involved with the election. 

Information on voting and the election is available at elections.bc.ca.

Saanich South Candidate information (available at this time on the internet) is as follows:

David Calder, BC Liberal Party
759 B Vanalman
David.calder@bcliberals.com

Mark Neufeld, Green Party Political Association of BC
1-4071 Shelbourne Street
markneufeldsas@gmail.com
1-888-473-3686

Andrew Paul McLean, British Columbia Libertarian Party
Contact:  info@libertarian.bc.ca

Richard Percival Pattee, Vancouver Island Party
 Contact: 1-844-933-4847

Lana Popham, BC NDP
101 – 4442 West Saanich Road, (Royal Oak Shopping Centre).
778 817 1135

Please check elections.bc.ca for official/updated information 

This website will be closed until the Return of the Writ in June 2017. The back-end (a free blog) may remain searchable on the internet. It is a public record of my work over the last four years.

I hope you will participate in the democratic process! Election day is May 9. You can vote early but not often. Elections BC is doing a great job to make it convenient to vote. For all the details on how to vote, please visit elections.bc.ca

It was a privilege to serve as the Saanich South MLA. Thank you.

Lana

Lana Popham, Incumbent Saanich South

Monday, March 13, 2017

End-of-Term Constituency Report


Dear Constituents,

Here is the digital version of my end-of-term report. Click on the 'full screen' icon to view a large version. The purpose of this document is to report out to constituents on my recent work in the constituency. With the provincial election fast approaching, I am also contributing space in this report to share non-partisan information from Elections on how and when to vote. Printed versions were mailed out to households in Saanich South (unless they opted out of "ad-mail" with Canada Post) and hard copies are available from my constituency office.

Warmly, Lana

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Horgan calls on Clark to ensure Elections BC can complete its investigation before British Columbians vote

VICTORIA— In the wake of serious revelations about Christy Clark’s fundraising tactics, B.C. New Democrat Leader John Horgan is calling on the government to provide Elections BC with sufficient resources to complete its investigation before British Columbians vote.
“With disturbing reports that B.C. Liberal insiders may be breaking the law to help Christy Clark’s corporate donors cover their tracks, British Columbians deserve to have all the facts before they vote in just 63 days,” said Horgan.
“I’m calling on Christy Clark to make that happen by offering Elections BC any resources it needs to fast-track this investigation and uncover the extent of this behavior before election day.”

Friday, March 3, 2017

Families can’t get kids into schools, paying the price for Christy Clark’s neglect to education

VICTORIA – Families across B.C. are struggling to get their kids into their neighbourhood schools because Christy Clark’s government refused to plan for growth, say B.C. New Democrats.
“Parents in Coquitlam, Vancouver and Surrey are trying to get their kids registered for school, but are being told by Christy Clark’s government that there’s no space in the schools,” says Rob Fleming, B.C. New Democrat spokesperson for education.
“Schools are too crowded because Christy Clark lost her personal 15-year war on education when she was ordered by the courts to stop trying to cram too many children into each class room,” said Fleming. “And because she has been too busy closing 250 schools across the province instead of planning for growth, there’s no space left.”

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Addictions should be treated with the same urgency as wildfires

John Horgan, Leader of the Official
Opposition in the BC Legislature
Thank you John Horgan, Leader of the Official Opposition, for speaking out about the overdose crisis. This is what compassion, clear-thinking and determination looks like.

January 31, 2017. Source: CBC.ca

OPINION, BCNDP Leader, John Horgan

Addictions should be treated withthe same urgency as wildfires

We lost 914 people to overdoses last year.

Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, and partners were stolen away from those they loved. We need to work together on this issue. Think of wildfires. We never wait to check the budget before putting the fires out. We get at it right away.

When we’re in crisis, we need to come together and we need to address that crisis as a community. I know all British Columbians share my disappointment that the government has been slow to get this issue under control.

Right now, emergency responders are stretched to the breaking point. The response to the fentanyl crisis has largely rested on their shoulders, and the shoulders of community members. Without their heroic efforts, many more would have been lost.

Yet, nearly a year after the Christy Clark government branded the fentanyl crisis as a public health emergency, ambulances and naloxone remain one of the only responses available to stem the tide of deaths.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Statement regarding massacre at Quebec City Mosque

O'Hare International Airport Jan 30 2017
(Photo credit: Chicago Tribune)
Dear Constituents,

I would like to add my voice to the many Canadians who are expressing condolences, compassion and solidarity for our Muslim friends, family and neighbours at this difficult time. A massacre inside a Mosque in Quebec City - it is shocking to contemplate.

This is a moment for all good-hearted people to speak up for the values of diversity and inclusiveness. A moment to recommit ourselves to multiculturalism and respect for human rights. It is very inspiring to see this happening all over Canada.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Saanich News: Agriculture remains a priority ahead of election

MLA Report
By Lana Popham
Reprinted from the Saanich News, January 17 2017

I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on my past work and share with you how I intend to move forward.
This will be my final MLA Report before the provincial election on May 9.
In the past 10 months I have contributed 18 columns to the Saanich News. I’ve written on a range of topics from the need to improve public education to the painful reality faced by people on a low income; from the economic and social benefits that would result from improved child care options for young families to protecting precious places like Elk/Beaver Lake and demanding meaningful action on climate change.
A huge thank you to the Saanich News for allowing me the opportunity to share my opinions directly with our community. This paper has done a public service by publishing regular “MLA Reports” - they give readers a convenient tool to assess the work of their elected representatives.
This spring marks my completion of eight years’ work as your MLA. In many ways it is an investment: you have invested your trust and your hard-earned tax-dollars in me.
In return I have poured all my energy into working for you. From my community office I’ve helped hundreds of people who are struggling or in crisis. I’ve organized and hosted dozens of community gatherings and public meetings on topics brought forward by residents. This work has led to tangible accomplishments such as improvements to the Pat Bay Highway and it has enlivened the community through public events such as the one I organized with the Royal B.C. Museum. Rarely-seen treasures from the museum’s collection were brought directly to Claremont secondary school and to a free public evening event.
In addition I have not shied away from taking up controversial issues on behalf of the community. This has included work on everything from fighting inadequate restrictions on sex offenders, to a forum on the medical use of cannabis, to public advocacy on the need for improved medical assistance in dying.
In the B.C. Legislature I have worked just as hard. As a member of the official opposition, I have drafted and introduced Bills and formal statements. I’ve held the premier and ministers to account for their failures and misdeeds during long debates and hostile question periods.
I’ve learned a huge amount in the official opposition. My colleagues and I have studied policy and proposed far-reaching plans and practical solutions for the challenges we face in B.C. But to bring this work to life we need to be in government.
As the opposition spokesperson for agriculture I have travelled to every corner of the province and met with hundreds of farmers and leaders in the BC food industry. After listening closely I developed a comprehensive plan for how we can strengthen agriculture in BC. But again, to turn these ideas into reality I need to be part of the government.
I want to put what I’ve learned and what you’ve invested in me over the past eight years to good use. That is why I’m sharing with you now that I intend to run for re-election. You will be the judge of my work and you will make the final decision about what to do with your investment in me.
But until the “Election Writ Drops” on April 11, I will continue happily on as the Member of B.C. legislature for Saanich South. It remains my privilege to assist you with provincial matters and represent you in the BC Legislature. I welcome your feedback.
You can reach me at 250-479-4154 or by email at lana.popham.mla@leg.bc.ca.
Lana Popham is the MLA for Saanich South

Monday, January 9, 2017

Pedestrian Overpass of Pat Bay Hwy at Piedmont Ave?

Dear Saanich South,

A question: would you support improved access to Elk/Beaver Lake via a pedestrian/cycling overpass of the Pat Bay Hwy at the food of Piedmont Drive?

This proposal is supported by the Cordova Bay Residents Association and the Victoria City Rowing Club, among others. It is consistent with the Ministry of Transportation's Pat Bay Highway Corridor Plan. The improvement would include transit stops at both sides of the Hwy and would restrict vehicle access between Piedmont and the Hwy.

Your support is necessary to move such projects forward. Your questions and criticisms can help improve the plan - or send us back to the drawing board! Please share your opinions with an email to lana.popham.mla@leg.bc.ca or through this very short survey: https://goo.gl/forms/PVwmqq7Bm1iVXtBj2

The survey is open until Feb 28th. It will help me track responses and follow-up with interested folks. Thanks!

I am opening up the topic for discussion and to gauge public support of the concept. Lots more work would be done before formal plans would be brought forward for consideration. But in my view it is good to get the public's input at the start of the process rather than at the end. 


Lana Popham, MLA Saanich South

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