Meet the B.C. Green party’s negotiating team
The B.C. Green party has a new four-person team to negotiate possible support for either a Liberal or NDP provincial government. Liz Lilly Chief of Staff
A veteran bureaucrat, Lilly served as the Green party’s election platform director. After the election, she was named Andrew Weaver’s chief of staff. She spent 30 years as a policy adviser and economist, starting as a junior economist in the British government of Margaret Thatcher, before moving to Alberta. She then worked for the B.C. government for 25 years, serving under Social Credit, NDP and Liberal administrations in various portfolios and also in the auditor general’s office, before retiring as director of B.C.’s Climate Action Secretariat.
Norman Spector Consultant to the negotiating team
A former political insider, Spector has decades of experience in federal and provincial governments. He was deputy minister to B.C. Premier Bill Bennett in the 1980s, and chief of staff to then prime minister Brian Mulroney from 1990 to 1992. He then served as Canada’s ambassador to Israel, vice-president of Imperial Tobacco and publisher of The Jerusalem Post.
Now retired in Victoria, Spector is an active political commentator. He has, at times, courted controversy, such as in 2006 when he called then MP Belinda Stronach a “bitch” on a Vancouver radio station and refused to apologize.
Many consider him more allied with the B.C. Liberals than the B.C. NDP, though Spector insists he has never been a member of a political party. Weaver said the Greens need his experience.
“He’s not driving the political agenda, he’s providing strategic political advice,” Weaver said.
Andrew Weaver Leader, B.C. Green party and chief negotiator
Weaver became the Green Party’s first MLA in 2013. A former climate scientist at the University of Victoria, he’s twice led negotiations in faculty bargaining at the school. Weaver had previously said he wouldn’t take a direct role in negotiations, but on Wednesday nonetheless appointed himself chief negotiator for the talks.
Sonia Furstenau Deputy leader, B.C. Green Party
Furstenau is a former regional director from the Cowichan Valley, who led a grassroots fight against a contaminated-soil dumping facility in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island. As the Green candidate in the election, she helped Weaver win a key riding in what had once been an NDP stronghold