VANCOUVER B.C. – B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver announced today that he has appointed Jonina Campbell as the party’s second deputy leader. Campbell is a teacher in the Richmond School District and a New Westminster School Board trustee. In 2017, she ran for the B.C. Green Party in the riding of New Westminster, tripling the party’s support from 8.35% in 2013 to 25.36%.
“Today, it is my pleasure to announce that I have appointed Jonina Campbell as the party’s second deputy leader”, Weaver said. “Jonina is an incredibly motivated, compassionate, knowledgeable and capable person who brings a breadth of experience to this position. We are richer and stronger for her commitment to the party and especially to the province-at-large.”
“I joined the B.C. Greens because B.C. needs political leadership that understands that the decisions we make today must be in the best interests of our children and grandchildren”, Campbell added. “It takes courageous leadership to make decisions based on what is best for people, the economy and the environment, because it means making decisions rooted in evidence and not popular politicking and partisanship. I am so grateful to Andrew Weaver for the faith he has placed in me to champion these values as a deputy leader of the B.C. Green Party.
“As a deputy leader, I look forward to strengthening our party and growing our grassroots organization and support. I will be a strong voice on issues such as education, innovation, affordability, addictions and mental health, and climate change. I look forward to building on our success in 2017 and making sure that the B.C. Greens are in a strong position to capture the hearts and confidence of British Columbians in the next election.”
Campbell’s responsibilities as deputy leader will include supporting the growth of the party’s riding associations, liaising between the caucus and Provincial Council, and representing the party in media appearances and at public events.
Campbell replaces Matt Toner who stepped down as the party’s second deputy leader in December 2017. Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley, is the party’s first deputy leader.
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