Andrew Weaver says it would be crass for Greens to raise funds on a "very sad day" for B.C.

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      The NDP government's decision to complete the Site C dam has upset many British Columbians who voted NDP.

      Despite this, B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver says his party is not going to capitalize that by trying to raise money today on this news.

      "Today is a very sad day for British Columbia," Weaver tweeted. "It would be crass for us to take advantage of that."

      Weaver made the comment in response to a tweet from Site C opponent and filmmaker Damien Gillis.

      "Probably the biggest day in the history of @BCGreens," Gillis tweeted. "If I were them, I'd start the fundraising drive right about now."

      However, Weaver and fellow Green MLA Sonia Furstenau will be speaking live on the B.C. Greens' Facebook page at 2:50 p.m. today about the impact of the Site C decision.

      In the meantime, the NDP government's decision on the Site C dam raises questions about the future of two of the greener members of Premier John Horgan's cabinet: Environment and Climate Change Minister George Heyman and Attorney General David Eby.

      Last week, anti-Site C demonstrators occupied their constituency offices in Vancouver-Fairview and Vancouver–Point Grey, respectively.

      The $10.7-billion hydroelectric project is not popular with many voters in these two West Side constituencies.

      Heyman, in particular, has been a pointed critic of the former B.C. Liberal government's decision to proceed with the Site C dam without reviewing alternatives.

      Perhaps Heyman, a former executive director of the Site C-opposing Sierra Club of B.C., will ride out his second term and not seek reelection.

      Eby, on the other hand, is significantly younger than Heyman and is not in a position to retire.

      When David Eby and George Heyman became NDP candidates in 2013, it calmed the nerves of Vancouver voters who worried that their party wasn't sufficiently interested in pursuing environmentally responsible policies.
      Byron Dauncey

      Were Eby to read the political tea leaves and decide not to run a 2021 election, he might well be open to seeking other opportunities in politics. Like becoming mayor of Vancouver in 2022.

      He wouldn't be the first to abandon an NDP seat in the legislature to become mayor of Vancouver.

      Gregor Robertson, a former NDP MLA for Vancouver-Fairview, did the same thing in 2008 and has since been reelected twice.