Founded in February 1983, the BC Green Party is the oldest Green Party in North America. Our first leader was co-founder Adriane Carr, who now serves as a Green Party of Vancouver city councillor.
The party’s origin is rooted in early movements of environmental advocacy, social justice and sustainable economics. It is a member of the Global Greens, a network of municipal, regional and national parties based on six core principles: sustainability, participatory democracy, social justice, ecological wisdom, non-violence and respect for diversity.
In the 2013 general provincial election, internationally-renowned climate scientist Andrew Weaver was elected as North America's first Green MLA. He represents the riding of Oak Bay–Gordon Head in Victoria, BC. He has since been followed by colleagues in New Brunswick and PEI.
Shortly after Andrew was elected, Adam Olsen was appointed as Interim Leader and has bolstered support for the party throughout the province. At the 2015 party AGM, the membership unanimously approved a motion to hold a leadership convention within the next year. It is expected to take place within the first half of 2016.
With record-breaking fundraising and engagement rates since 2013, the party is now preparing to run for government in the next general provincial election in 2017.