Andrew Weaver, Oak Bay Gordon Head MLA, today announced he will leave the BC Green Caucus and sit in the legislature as an independent, effective Monday, January 20.
“Over the last few months I’ve spent a good deal of time thinking about how best to balance my commitments under the Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA), my desire to see the BC Green Party grow its political presence in British Columbia and increasing health demands affecting my family,” Weaver said in a news release. “After careful consideration I feel it is best for all parties if I continue my legislative work as an independent member, prior to the beginning of the spring legislative session.”
He stepped down as leader of the party late last year and announced he would not be seeking re-election.
“As the leadership race unfolds, I believe that it is important for the BC Green Party to develop a new vision and voice independent from mine,” he said. “My presence in the BC Green caucus could hinder that independence. Sitting as an independent will also give me a better opportunity during the upcoming legislative sitting to attend to personal matters, including a number of health challenges affecting my family.”
Weaver also announced today he will return to the University of Victoria to resume his academic duties upon completing his term as an MLA.
“I’m excited about the prospect of eventually getting back to the classroom”, Weaver said. “I entered politics to have a positive impact on the political discourse on climate change, and I am very proud of the accomplishments of the BC Greens under my leadership. I look forward to watching their continued growth under the party’s new leader.”