BC Green Party opens leadership applications; Adam Olsen begins interim leadership

January 06, 2020

VICTORIA B.C. – The BC Green Party opened Leadership Applications today, marking the beginning of a six-month long contest.

Highlights of the leadership contest as set out in the rules include:

  • Expanded voter base to include those aged 16 and up who wish to support a candidate but do not wish to become a party member. Full membership in the party is already free for youth aged 25 and younger.
  • The spending limit for each candidate is $300,000, excluding fees paid to the party.
  • Three debates will take place after April 30. A debate will be held in each of the following regions: (1) Vancouver Island, (2) Lower Mainland, (3) rest of B.C..
  • Voting will take place from June 15-26 primarily online, with a secure telephone option for those without access to the internet. The party will use ranked ballots for a contest of three or more candidates, or first-past-the-post for a contest of two.
  • Fees paid to the party will total $16,000, plus a compliance deposit and 25% of additional contributions.

Leadership Applications may be submitted to the party until April 15, 2020. 

“Stepping aside as leader allows me to offer more support and provide space for a strong, vibrant leadership race,” said Andrew Weaver.

“The momentum within the BC Green Party gives me peace of mind as I turn the reins over to future Green leaders.”

The beginning of the leadership contest also commences Adam Olsen’s first day as interim leader of the party. 

“We still have a lot of exciting work ahead,” said Adam Olsen. “It is an honour to be the interim leader at a time in our party where we take the next step.” 



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Leadership contest timeline

All Sections cited below refer to the Leadership Contest Rules.

December 20, 2019

Leadership Contest rules released and applicant inquiry form online at bcgreens.ca/leadership_2020.

January 6, 2020

Leadership Contest begins; Leadership Applications may be requested and submitted (as per Section 6.a).

April 15, 2020

Deadline to submit a Leadership Application (as per Section 6.a).

May 31, 2020

Deadline to become a Party Member or Party Supporter and be eligible to participate in the Leadership Vote (as per Section 13.a)

June 15, 2020

1:00 PM (Pacific time)

Voting in the Leadership Contest opens (as per Section 14.a).

June 26-28, 2020

BC Green Party Leadership Convention in Nanaimo, BC.

June 26, 2020

11:59 PM (Pacific time)

Voting in the leadership contest closes (as per Section 14.a).

June 27, 2020

Results of the leadership contest announced (as per Section 14.a.i).

July 11, 2020

Compliance deposits returned to Leadership Candidates (as per Section 7.a.ii.2).

July 25, 2020

Deadline to transfer all Personal Information collected by a Leadership Campaign to the BC Green Party (as per Section 10.b).


Adam Olsen

Adam Olsen (SȾHENEP) loves his job as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Saanich North and the Islands. He was elected in May 2017.

Inspired by the incredible place and people he represents, Adam has a deep love for his home in the Salish Sea (W̱SÁNEĆ). As an advocate and facilitator, he is committed to improving public participation to strengthen all aspects of the community and the province.

Adam has always worked in his family businesses, garden maintenance and Coast Salish knits. The result of two decades in the service and communications sectors is the valuable experience in building relationships, connecting people, problems, ideas and solutions.

Born in Victoria, BC in 1976, Adam has lived, worked and played his entire life on the Saanich Peninsula. He is a member of Tsartlip First Nation (W̱JOȽEȽP), where he and his wife, Emily, are raising their two children, Silas and Ella.


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