Andrew Weaver says he will step down as B.C. Green leader in January, stay on as MLA

Credit to Author: The Canadian Press| Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 01:52:20 +0000

VICTORIA — Green party Leader Andrew Weaver says he’ll step down as party leader in January but will stay on as the MLA for the Victoria-area riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

Weaver, whose party recorded a historic election breakthrough in May 2017 by winning three seats, announced in October he wouldn’t seek re-election in the next B.C. election.

Weaver says he expects an interim leader will be selected to replace him as the leadership contest gets underway in mid-January. He says an interim leader could be someone who doesn’t have a seat in the legislature.

Green MLAs Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen haven’t said whether they’ll seek the leadership.

B.C.’s minority New Democrat government remains in power with the support of the Greens, but Weaver’s decision will not affect the NDP’s hold on power because he will remain on the opposition benches of the legislature.