BC Greens announce MLA Weaver to sit as independent; Former leader reduces workload to attend various personal challenges affecting family

January 15, 2020

VICTORIA, B.C. - B.C. Green interim leader MLA Adam Olsen announced today MLA Andrew Weaver has decided to sit as an independent effective Jan. 20.

“We support MLA Weaver in his decision to sit as an independent so he can attend to the various health challenges affecting his family,” said MLA Olsen, for Saanich North and the Islands. “The BC Green Party’s work these past years to begin to reduce partisan polarization from our political discourse and restore the public’s trust has been demanding, and we recognize that family must come first.”

MLA Weaver will continue to serve the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

“Sitting as an independent will allow me to better balance work with the competing health demands affecting my family,” MLA Weaver said. “I remain committed to the stability of this minority government and to CASA.”

These next few months are an exciting time for the BC Greens and for British Columbia.

“Our caucus is focused on preparing for this session so that we can do the work before us that the people of British Columbia sent us here to do: reducing the cost of childcare, helping make housing more accessible, ensuring access to clean water, restoring climate leadership and advancing our economy to become more innovative, equitable and sustainable,” said MLA Olsen.

“BC Greens have never been more relevant to the political discourse in our province, and the swell of enthusiasm we have seen around this leadership race is testimony to that. Now that our foundation is firmly set, it is time for the BC Greens to take the next steps as an organization.”

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