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BC Green Party


Party Leader: Andrew Weaver
Founded: 1983
Current Number of Seats: 3
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 percent 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 percent 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 percent 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 percent of the popular vote.

Carr was elected again as party leader in 2000. The party received an all-time best twelve percent 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 percent across the province. Carr resigned as leader in 2006 and became the Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada. Christopher Bennett was appointed the 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 percent 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.

During the 2017 provincial election, the party nominated 83 candidates and won 3 seats with 16.84% of popular vote. The party held the balance of power when no other party won a majority of seats.

After entering negotiations with the BC Liberals and the BC NDP post-election, the party decided to sign confidence and supply agreement with the BC NDP. On June 29, 2017, the BC NDP, backed by the BC Greens, defeated the BC Liberals and formed a minority government.

In Student Vote B.C. 2017 results, the party won 14 seats with 28.5% of popular vote and formed the official opposition.





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