Jane Sterk is staying on as leader of the BC Green Party.
Sterk lost in her riding (Victoria-Beacon Hill) in Tuesday’s election to the NDP’s Carole James, but Sterk’s party made history when Andrew Weaver (Oak Bay-Gordon Head) became the first member of the Green Party ever elected to the B.C. legislature.
Weaver’s win follows federal leader Elizabeth May (MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands), who in 2011 became the first Green Party member to be elected as a Member of Parliament in Ottawa.
Before the election, Sterk had said she was likely to step down from her post as Green Party leader if she didn’t win her riding, but then said (after the election) that Weaver and others within her party “urged her” to stay in her position.
Carole James won the vote for Victoria-Beacon Hill by a margin of almost 3,500 votes.