Former B.C. Green leader Andrew Weaver claims ex-caucus colleagues refused to bring down government over LNG

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      During the COVID-19 pandemic, there hasn't been much media coverage of the $40-billion LNG infrastructure project that's being developed in northern B.C.

      But that changed over the past 24 hours when the former leader of the B.C. Green party, Andrew Weaver, lobbed a social-media volley at B.C. Green MLAs Adam Olsen and Sonia Furstenau.

      "My former colleagues @AdamPOlsen & @SoniaFurstenau were afraid to stand up to the BC NDP wrt [with regard to] to the LNG development," Weaver tweeted. "I was ready to go to election, but in my opinion, they were more interested in re-election than they were about standing up for @BCGreen principles."

      The interim leader of the B.C. Greens, Adam Olsen, issued a statement expressing surprise over Weaver's claim.

      "We voted 14 times in the house against the legislation, but the B.C. NDP and the B.C. Liberals both voted together to bring LNG to B.C.," Olsen said.

      "Our focus is on the very real health and economic impacts affecting British Columbians, and on ensuring the province advances a green recovery that leaves our communities more resilient and economy more sustainable."

      At last year's Vancouver Pride Parade, Weaver told the Straight that he was exasperated by the unwillingness of too many politicians to take climate change seriously.

      Under the Climate Change Accountability Act, B.C. is required to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below the 2007 level by 2030.

      Weaver said at the time that even without the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, B.C. would fall 10 percent short of this under the Clean BC plan.

      With the plant, the province would only be 75 percent of the way toward its target.

      “Climate change is a very serious issue and I’m sick and tired of politicians saying we’ll do something and doing nothing, which is the reason why I tore up my membership in the federal Liberal party,” Weaver said. “It was because of [Justin] Trudeau’s hypocrisy over oilsands.”

      Just over five months later, Weaver quit the Green caucus, citing a family health crisis.

      Furstenau is running to replace Weaver as the permanent B.C. Green leader.

      Over the weekend, Weaver described Furstenau's call for a four-day work week as "an absolutely kooky idea", accusing her of not thinking this through.