Adam Olsen, a former Central Saanich Councillor who ran unsuccessfully as a Green Party candidate in the May election, has been named interim leader of the Green Party of B.C.
Mr. Olsen, 37, replaces former Green Party leader Jane Sterk, who resigned earlier this month after six years as the head of the party.
In a recent interview with the Globe and Mail, Ms. Sterk suggested that Andrew Weaver – who won the Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding in May to become the first Green MLA in the B.C. legislature – would make a good replacement.
Mr. Weaver previously said in a he was not interested in the role of interim leader, but he has not ruled out a run for head of the party.
In a statement Sunday, Mr. Weaver welcomed Mr. Olsen to the post of interim leader.
“Adam ran an amazing campaign, with a nail-biting finish,” Mr. Weaver said in the statement.
“He has demonstrated his leadership and community development skills as a municipal councillor and business owner, and he will bring energy, direction and purpose to the party and members.”
In an e-mail to the Globe and Mail earlier this month, Mr. Weaver said he had not even decided whether to seek re-election in 2017 but also left the door open to a future leadership run.
"If I am the only sitting Green Party MLA and IF I decide to seek re-election in 2017, then I recognize that I would be expected to be the Leader and I would agree to seek that position. But there are two 'ifs' there," Mr. Weaver wrote.
Mr. Weaver won 40 per cent of the vote in his riding, defeating Liberal cabinet minister Ida Chong.
Adam Olsen is a partner in a family-owned business, Salish Fusion Knitwear, and has worked with his mother Sylvia as a consultant on First Nations housing issues.