With Andrew announcing he is not running again, whether I decide to run for leader (or not) I have a responsibility to take on a leadership role in the party
I asked him a number of questions several days ago ... here’s what he had to say:
The biggest sacrifice is in terms of our anonymity. We are a very public family and always in the public spotlight. It is very difficult to go to the store without stopping to talk with a constituent about an issue or two. We have been very protective of Friday evenings and Sunday’s. I do not schedule meetings or events. I must protect space for family.
It appears, from my readings, that some of your daily blog commentaries are taking on a stronger viewpoint -- is your consideration of seeking the Green Party leadership playing in to that?
Hmmm -- I would say that with Andrew announcing he is not running again, that whether I decide to run for leader or not I have a responsibility to take on a leadership role in the Party and the Legislature.
Frankly, I believe I need to be demonstrating leadership qualities whether I am the leader or not.
BC's forest industry is said by many to be in crisis -- and there is no shortage of explanations as to why. What would you say to workers who are unemployed now with little prospect of returning to their jobs -- and those employed by Canfor and Tolko that will be off work for at least two weeks over the holidays?
The finger pointing across the aisle is not helpful.
How would you work towards growing support for the Green Party outside of it's current core base?
Communicate better -- meet more people face-to-face -- develop more opportunities for people to contribute to the work in a meaningful way. Most importantly, be patient. I prefer organic growth, while it takes longer it creates stronger organization.
I have been receiving a lot of feedback from supporters. I have meetings planned and conversations to complete.
What kind of leader would you envision yourself to be in general, and who would seek to become?
Generally I am someone who is a team builder. I believe in empowering people to do the best they can and to strive to achieve consensus.