Former candidate Adam Olsen wants to lead Green Party of B.C.
Adam Olsen almost won Saanich North and the Islands in the May provincial election. Had he succeeded, he would have joined Andrew Weaver in the Green Party of B.C.’s breakthrough this year.
Now Olsen wants to take the place of Jane Sterk, who is stepping down as Green leader at the party’s annual general meeting in Vancouver on Saturday (August 24).
“She did a phenomenal job, and they’re very, very big shoes to fill,” Olsen told the Straight by phone.
Olsen said he has had discussions with his fellow Greens about an interim leadership role. “I’m certainly very excited about the political landscape in the province for a third party,” he said. “I think that it bodes well for the Greens. I look forward to playing a large role in helping the party move forward.”
Elected as the first Green MLA, Weaver isn’t keen at this time on taking over the reins of the party. The climate scientist wants to focus on his job as representative for Oak Bay–Gordon Head.
Vancouver councillor Adriane Carr is thrilled about the idea of Olsen heading the party that she cofounded and led for many years. “He’s just a really stellar individual,” Carr told the Straight by phone.
Raised as a Tsartlip First Nation man, Olsen was twice elected as councillor in Central Saanich. In this year’s provincial election, he came in 379 votes behind the winning candidate in Saanich North and the Islands, placing third in a tight three-way contest.