At a press briefing on Monday afternoon, BC Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau announced a host of new candidates, most of whom are running in the Vancouver area.
“We have a physicist, a climate scientist, a lawyer, a councillor, a software engineer, [tech engineer], queer activist, filmmaker and story-teller…,” said Furstenau, expressing excitement about the skill sets of the candidates running for the party.
These are the candidates announced Monday, September 28:
The following BC Green Party candidates were announced on September 26:
In addition, the party nominated business owner Chris Istace to represent them in the Nanaimo-North Cowichan riding.
Istace will be facing off against incumbent NDP MLA Doug Routley and BC Liberals candidate Duck Paterson.
The BC Green Party currently holds two seats in parliament: Adam Olsen representing Saanich North and the Islands, and party leader Sonia Furstenau representing the Cowichan Valley riding.
This brings the BC Green Party to a total of 30 candidates, out of a total 87 ridings necessary to have a full slate.
When asked whether the party will be able to run with a full slate, Furstenau said that unlike the BC NDP, the BC Greens did not have the benefit of knowing a snap election was on the way and therefore had not had the same amount of time to prepare candidate nominations.
However she added that the party would be doing everything they can to ensure they have as many candidates lined up as possible.
The BC Green Party is also expected to announce their campaign platform “in the coming days”.
The candidate nomination deadline according to Elections BC is Friday, October 2.