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Andrew Weaver leaves B.C. Greens to sit as Independent, cites family health

B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver announces that he won't be running as leader in the next provincial election during a press conference at the Hall of Honour at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, October 7, 2019. Weaver is leaving British Columbia's Green party to sit as an Independent.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

VICTORIA — Andrew Weaver is leaving British Columbia’s Green party to sit as an Independent.

The former party leader says in a news release that he will continue to sit as the legislature member for the Victoria-area riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

Green interim leader Adam Olsen says Weaver is facing health issues in his family and sitting as an Independent allows more time to balance competing health and work demands.

The B.C. Greens, who held three seats in the legislature prior to Weaver’s announcement, have an agreement to support the province’s minority NDP government.

The party plans to choose a new leader to replace Weaver on a full-time basis this summer.

Last October, Weaver announced he will not seek re-election in 2021.

Weeks later, he announced he was stepping  down as leader, paving the way for B.C. Greens leadership contest.

Weaver says he will start sitting as an Independent member of the house on Jan. 20.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 15, 2020.

 

The Canadian Press