Adam Olsen

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Adam Olsen

Adam Olsen (cropped).jpg
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Saanich North and the Islands
Assumed office
May 9, 2017
Preceded byGary Holman
Personal details
Born (1976-01-10) January 10, 1976 (age 43)
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Political partyGreen

Adam Olsen is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 2017 provincial election.[1] He represents the electoral district of Saanich North and the Islands as a member of the Green Party of British Columbia caucus.[1]

Political career[edit]

Olsen was elected to the Legislative Assemby of British Columbia in the general 2017 provincial election[1] in the riding of Saanich North and the Islands. Olsen previously ran in the same district in the 2013 provincial election, losing narrowly to Gary Holman.[2] Following the election, he served as the party's interim leader between the resignation of Jane Sterk and the election of Andrew Weaver.

Olsen joins the first minority government in British Columbia since the 1952 elections. In the 2017 British Columbia general election the Liberal Party won 43 seats, the New Democratic Party won 41 seats, and the Green Party won three seats. As no single party won a majority of seats, the Green Party was approached by both the BC Liberal Party and BC NDP to determine whether they would support a minority government or a coalition government headed by either party.[8] No grand coalition or agreement between the two large parties, excluding the Greens, was seriously considered. On May 29, NDP leader John Horgan and Green leader Andrew Weaver announced that the Greens would provide confidence and supply to an NDP minority government, a position which was endorsed the following day by the members of both caucuses.[9

Olsen is a member of the Tsartlip First Nation in Brentwood Bay and served as a two-term Central Saanich Councillor prior to his election.[3]

Ministry Responsibility[edit]

The BC Public Service is divided into ministries. Each ministry is responsible for a specific area of public policy, government function or service deliver: Olsen’s areas of interest within the caucus are:

  • Agriculture
  • Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
  • Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
  • Jobs, Trade & Technology
  • Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Tourism, Arts and Culture
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Salmon and Aquaculture

Electoral record[edit]

2017 British Columbia general election: Saanich North and the Islands
Party Candidate Votes %
Green Adam Olsen 14,775 41.95
New Democratic Gary Holman 10,764 30.56
Liberal Stephen P. Roberts 9,324 26.46
Independent Jordan Templeman 364 1.03
Total valid votes 35,224 100.00
Source: Elections BC[1]
2013 British Columbia general election: Saanich North and the Islands
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Gary Holman 10,515 33.27
Liberal Stephen P. Roberts 10,352 32.76
Green Adam Olsen 10,136 32.07
Independent Scott McEachern 599 1.90
Total valid votes 31,602 100.00
Total rejected ballots 94 0.30
Turnout 31,696 69.21
Source: Elections BC[2]


  1. ^ "2017 Provincial General Election Final Voting Results". Elections BC. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Statement of Votes - 40th Provincial General Election" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 17 May 2017.