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BC Green Party


Party Leader: Andrew Weaver
Founded: 1983
Current Number of Seats: 0
Website: www.bcgreens.ca

Profile

The Green Party Political Association of British Columbia became the first Green Party in North America when it was founded in 1983.

The party, led by founder Adriane Carr, ran four candidates in the 1983 provincial election and received 0.19 per cent of the popular vote. The party abolished the position of leader in 1985 and was represented by three spokespersons until 1992.

The party fielded nine candidates during the 1986 election and won 0.23 per cent of the popular vote. In 1988, the party considered fielding only female candidates in the next election, but the proposal was defeated. The party fielded 42 candidates in 1991, but only captured 0.86 per cent of the popular vote.

Twenty-one-year-old Stuart Parker was chosen to lead the party in 1993. The party ran close to a full slate of candidates during the 1996 election and received an endorsement from environmentalist David Suzuki. The party was still only able to capture two per cent of the popular vote.

Carr was elected again as party leader in 2000. The party received an all-time best twelve per cent of the popular vote during the 2001 provincial election, mostly at the expense of the defeated NDP.

In 2005, the party’s percentage of the popular vote declined to 9 per cent across the province. Carr resigned as leader in 2006 and became the Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada. Christopher Bennett was appointed interim leader.

In 2007, Jane Sterk became the party leader and led the party during the 2013 provincial election. During the election, The Greens won their first ever seat from Oak Bay-Gordon Head and overall received 8.13 per cent of the popular vote.

On August 13, 2013, Sterk announced that she would retire from politics after the 2013 Annual General Meeting.

Following Sterk’s retirement, Adam Olsen became the interim leader and on December 9, 2015, Andrew Weaver – the party’s lone MLA – became the party leader through acclamation.





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