Former B.C. Green leader Andrew Weaver says he’d be tallying his vote for BC Liberal MLA Dan Davies — if he were a constituent here in Peace River North.
Weaver stepped down as leader of the Greens last October, and quit the party caucus in January to sit as an independent. In a wide-ranging 70-minute interview with This is VANCOLOUR podcast, Weaver spoke to the party’s ongoing leadership race, and gave Premier John Horgan’s NDP government an A grade.
But Weaver also set aside ideology and the partisan sword in a later segment of the interview, and noted that his personal voting history, save for Stephen Harper's Conservatives, has spanned the political horseshoe. Vote for the candidate, not the party, Weaver said.
“I believe that most people in politics go in for the right reasons. Sometimes people are there too long, but sometimes you just got to stop hating people for just who they are, stop getting personal, recognize that policy is what we care about, and policy is what we should focus on,” Weaver said.
“There’s good people in all parties,” he continued. “I’ll give you an example, I like Dan Davies in Peace River North … He’s a teacher there, he’s a lovely guy, I think he’s a great person. I’d probably vote for Dan Davies if I was in Peace River North, and he’s with the BC Liberals … I always have voted for the person.”
The B.C. Greens will elect a new leader on Sept. 14. In the running are Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau, and newcomers Cam Brewer and Kim Darwin.
Weaver all but officially endorsed Horgan for the next provincial election in the interview. B.C. has been "served very well" under Horgan's administration, Weaver said, and added the premier has handled very difficult issues that have disappointed activists, including Site C.
“I could go for a beer with John Horgan and we could laugh about our disagreements, and rejoice about our successes, and there have been a lot of both," Weaver said. “He cares deeply, profoundly about people, and to me it’s sincere."
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