Leadership contest rules released; Adam Olsen named interim leader

December 20, 2019

VICTORIA B.C. – The B.C. Green Party released the rules for its upcoming leadership contest today, which will take place from Jan. 6 to Jun. 27, 2020.

Sat Harwood, chair of the party’s Provincial Council, explained that the rules were developed with equity, diversity and accessibility as central values:

“We believe those who seek to form government should lead by example,” Harwood said. “We have designed our 2020 leadership contest on the same foundation of leading with our values…

“That is why these leadership contest rules extend the vote beyond formal party membership to any British Columbian of 16 years or older who wants to support a leadership candidate (and does not actively support another political party).

“It is our hope that the 2020 B.C. Green leadership contest can be an opportunity to participate in an important democratic process for those who would otherwise be uninterested, disadvantaged or excluded.”

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.

The party also announced today that its Provincial Council has appointed MLA Adam Olsen (Saanich North and the Islands) as interim leader for the duration of the leadership contest, Jan. 6 to Jun. 27, 2020.

“I’m honoured to accept the role of interim-leader once again. The work that our caucus has carried out over the past two years is incredibly important to me,” Olsen said. 

“I want to acknowledge and thank my colleague and friend Andrew Weaver for his leadership. This is an incredibly exciting time for the party; the 2020 leadership contest is an opportunity to champion our values, open up our organization, welcome new voices, and build the next era of politics in BC.”

An interim leader has all of the duties and responsibilities of a permanent leader in terms of party activities. As per the party’s by-laws, the interim leader may not run for the party’s permanent leadership position.

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Leadership contest timeline

All Sections cited below refer 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 the 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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