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BC’s Green Party leader Andrew Weaver expected to step down 

British Columbia Green Party leader Andrew Weaver is expected to resign as head of the party today in a significant announcement. The speculation comes just weeks after a health scare had him admitted to the emergency room. Weaver leads a caucus that holds the balance of power in BC’s minority government, will not be resigning his seat in Oak Bay-Gordon Head, so his decision will not upset the fragile balance in the legislature.

The Greens called a news conference in the morning and promised a “significant announcement” by Weaver. An unidentified source said the announcement would focus on the next stage for the party. Last month, Weaver suddenly fell ill just before delivering a speech at a conference. He tweeted about the experience a week later. He warned, “If anyone out there ever suffers a bout of labyrinthitis, I advise you to prepare for a debilitating onslaught of symptoms that are unsettling.”

He said he expected to return to “full fighting form” after taking a rest, but the experience prompted an evaluation of his work-life balance.

The BC NDP holds 41 seats, the Greens three and the Opposition Liberals 42. A climate scientist who turned to politics in 2012, Mr. Weaver was the first Green elected to the B.C. Legislature. He did not run for his party’s leadership until 2015.

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