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Former Green Party leader to leave caucus, sit as independent

Last Updated Jan 15, 2020 at 10:05 am PDT

Former B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Former Green leader Andrew Weaver says he's leaving the caucus to sit as an independent

Weaver stepped down as party leader earlier this month after announcing he wouldn't seek re-election in the fall

Weaver says he needs to lessen his workload to help support a family member facing health challenges

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – He has been the longest serving Green Party MLA in B.C. history, but now, former party leader Andrew Weaver says he’s leaving the caucus to sit as an independent.

In a statement, Weaver says he needs to lessen his workload to help support a family member facing health challenges.

It’s unclear why he couldn’t do that while staying Green, but Weaver says he feels his decision is “best for all parties.”

The Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA stepped down as party leader earlier this month after announcing in October he would not seek re-election.

The B.C. Greens have already embarked on a process to replace him, with MLA Adam Olsen serving as leader in the interim.

“Our caucus is focused on preparing for this session so that we can do the work before us that the people of British Columbia sent us here to do: reducing the cost of childcare, helping make housing more accessible, ensuring access to clean water, restoring climate leadership and advancing our economy to become more innovative, equitable and sustainable,” Olsen says in a release.

The Green Party recorded a historic election breakthrough in May 2017 by winning three seats.

-With files from The Canadian Press