2020 Green Party of British Columbia leadership election

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2020 BC Green Party leadership election

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Sonia Furstenau (cropped).jpg
Cam Brewer, BC Green Party 2020 Leadership Contestant.jpg
Headshot 85647307-Kim Darwin CBR Photography.jpg
Candidate Sonia Furstenau Cam Brewer Kim Darwin
Riding Cowichan Valley N/A[b] N/A[a]
Final round 2,428 2,127 Eliminated
First round 2,197 1,916 521

Previous leader

Adam Olsen (interim)

Elected leader

Sonia Furstenau

2020 Green Party of British Columbia leadership election
BCGreenslogo.svg
DateSeptember 14, 2020[1]
ConventionNanaimo, British Columbia
Resigning leaderAndrew Weaver
Won bySonia Furstenau
Ballots2
Candidates3
Entrance Fee$16,000[2]
Spending limit$300,000[2]

The Green Party of British Columbia held an election between September 5 and 13, 2020, to elect a leader to replace Andrew Weaver, who resigned on January 6, 2020, due to a personal health issue.[3] Adam Olsen was made interim leader shortly after Weaver's resignation.[4] Party members cast votes online and by telephone, using ranked ballots.[2] Members and supporters 16 years of age and older were eligible to vote.[5]

On March 27, 2020, the election was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant state of emergency in the province.[6] Before the postponement, voting was to take place between June 15 and 26.[7] The deadline to enter the race was to be April 15, and debates were planned to take place after April 30, in three regions of the province.[2] The winner was to be announced at the party's convention in Nanaimo from June 26 to 28 that year.[8]

The campaign resumed on June 15, 2020. The party opened a second nomination period which ran from June 26 to July 27. Members and supporters had until August 21 to register in order to be able to vote by phone, and until September 2 to be able to vote online. A debate took place on September 1. Voting occurred from September 5 to 13.[1][9] On September 14, 2020, it was announced that Sonia Furstenau had won the contest.[10] Turnout among eligible voters was 85%.[11]

Timeline[edit]

2019[edit]

2020[edit]

  • January 6 – The party releases the leadership contest rules.[2]
  • January 13 – Leadership contest officially begins.[8]
  • January 27 – Deputy Leader Sonia Furstenau announces her candidacy.[7]
  • March 4 – Kim Darwin announces her candidacy.[17]
  • March 27 – The election is postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]
  • April 15 – Original deadline for candidates to enter race.[18] The deadline was subsequently changed to July 27 following postponement of the race.[1]
  • June 15 – The leadership race is officially re-opened following the postponement.[1]
  • July 25 – Cam Brewer announces his candidacy.[19]
  • July 27 – Deadline for candidates to apply.[1]
  • August 21 – Deadline to become a member or supporter if voting by phone.[1]
  • September 1 – Official leadership debate.[1]
  • September 2 – Deadline to become a member or supporter if online voting.[1]
  • September 5 – Voting period begins.[1]
  • September 13 – Voting period ends.[1]
  • September 14 – Leader announced.[1]

Results[edit]

Results by round[11]
Candidate 1st round 2nd round
Votes cast % Votes cast %
Sonia Furstenau 2,197 47.41% 2,428 53.30%
Cam Brewer 1,916 41.34% 2,127 46.70%
Kim Darwin 521 11.24% Eliminated
Total 4,634 100% 4555 100%

Debates[edit]

Debates among candidates for the 2020 Green Party of British Columbia leadership election[1]
No. Date Place Host Topic Moderator Participants
 P  Participant  A  Absent invitee
 N  Non-invitee  O  Out of race (exploring or withdrawn)
Brewer Darwin Furstenau
1 September 1, 2020 Online Green Party of British Columbia Various Neetu Garcha P P P

Candidates[edit]

Cam Brewer[edit]

Cam Brewer

Cam Brewer is a Vancouver lawyer and Simon Fraser University adjunct professor who practices environmental and Aboriginal law.[20][21][22]

Candidacy announced: July 25, 2020[19]
Date registered with Elections BC:
Campaign website: cambrewer.ca
Endorsements of Cam Brewer
  • MLAs:
  • Former provincial candidates:
  • Municipal politicians:
  • Former municipal politicians:
  • Federal MPs and candidates:
  • Other prominent individuals:

Kim Darwin[edit]

Kim Darwin

Kim Darwin is an independent mortgage consultant and former president of the Sechelt Chamber of Commerce.[17] She served as vice chair of the Green Party of British Columbia's provincial council and stood as a candidate for Powell River-Sunshine Coast in 2017.[23]

Candidacy announced: March 4, 2020[17]
Date registered with Elections BC:
Campaign website: kimdarwin.ca
Endorsements of Kim Darwin
  • MLAs:
  • Former provincial candidates:
  • Municipal politicians:
  • Former municipal politicians:
  • Federal MPs and candidates:
  • Other prominent individuals:

Sonia Furstenau[edit]

Sonia Furstenau

Sonia Furstenau, 49, is the MLA for Cowichan Valley (2017–present) and deputy leader of the party (2016–present).[24]

Candidacy announced: January 27, 2020[7][24]
Date registered with Elections BC:
Campaign website: soniafurstenau.ca
Endorsements of Sonia Furstenau

Declined[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ran in Powell River-Sunshine Coast in 2017.
  2. ^ Resident of Vancouver.

References[edit]

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