B.C. Election 2017

Election Date: May 9, 2017

In the 2017 B.C. election, we endorsed the “Sustainable Six” — six candidates with strong environmental track records from the three major provincial parties. In the lead-up to the election, we worked to direct volunteers and raise thousands of dollars for our endorsed candidates’ campaigns. Thank you to all of you who supported our champions and helped keep environment top of mind in B.C.

See below for a short description of each endorsee’s environmental leadership record. For more on our endorsement process, click here.

George Heyman

Party: NDP
Riding: Vancouver - Fairview
Status: Re-Elected

George Heyman was an environmental leader for years before he entered politics. He chaired the first environment committee at BCGSEU and served as executive director of Sierra Club BC. In July 2017, he was named B.C.’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

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Jennifer Rice

Party: NDP
Riding: North Coast
Status: Re-Elected

Jennifer Rice is an environmental champion passionate about protecting B.C.’s coast. Before entering politics, she was a long-time biological technician and energy campaigner with T. Buck Suzuki Foundation working to protect fish habitat and halt water pollution.

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Jordan Sturdy

Party: Liberal
Riding: West Vancouver-Sea to Sky
Status: Re-Elected

Jordan Sturdy has worked as an organic farmer for 22 years. After being elected MLA, he stepped into leadership roles including chair of the Provincial Roundtable on the Environment and Economy, and, most notably, chair of British Columbia’s Climate Leadership Team.

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Andrew Weaver

Party: Green
Riding: Oak Bay-Gordon Head
Status: Re-Elected

Andrew Weaver has had a long, distinguished career as a climate scientist, acting as Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate, co-authoring more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, publishing two books on climate change, and serving four years as a lead author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Colleen Ross

Party: NDP
Riding: Boundary - Similkameen
Status: Not Elected

Colleen Ross has been a sustainable organic farmer for 30 years and served as Vice President of policy of the National Farmers Union of Canada (NFU) for 12 years. She is an advocate for sustainable forestry practices, responsible land and water management and renewable energy.

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Dallas Smith

Party: Liberal
Riding: North Island
Status: Not Elected

Dallas Smith’s most notable environmental contribution was acting as a key negotiator of the Great Bear Rainforest agreement for 20 years. His knowledge and dedication led to the area’s complete protection from industrial logging. He is the outgoing president of the Nanwakolas Council, which represents six of the 26 Great Bear Rainforest First Nations.

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