Adam Olsen named interim leader of the B.C. Greens

Former Central Saanich councillor came a close third in Saanich North and the Islands in the last provincial race.

Adam Olsen was been named interim leader of the B.C. Green Party.

Adam Olsen was been named interim leader of the B.C. Green Party.

Adam Olsen, former Central Saanich district councillor and B.C. Green Party candidate in the last provincial election, has been appointed interim leader of the B.C. Green Party.

Olsen, 37, was announced in a media release as the interim leader Sunday, Aug. 25 after the party’s annual general meeting Saturday night. He takes over from former B.C. Green Party leader Jane Sterk, who announced her resignation as leader earlier this month. Olsen placed third in the riding of Saanich North and the Islands in the last provincial election – behind eventual winner Gary Holman of the NDP and Stephen Roberts of the B.C. Liberals.

“It is an incredible honour to have been appointed interim leader,” said Olsen in the media release. “This is a very exciting time to be a B.C. Green. With the election of Andrew Weaver, our first MLA in the legislature, we are on the cusp of breaking through in British Columbia.”

“I am delighted and excited to see Adam Olsen appointed as interim leader of the B.C. Green Party. Also to welcome the new members to the Provincial Council, and to thank all the board members for their deliberations, and decision to appoint an interim leader,” said Andrew Weaver, elected as the only Green party MLA in Victoria. “Adam ran an amazing campaign, with a nail biting finish. 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. I look forward to working closely with him as we build towards electing more MLAs”

— with files from the Peninsula News Review/Black Press