Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head and Leader of the BC Green Party, fielded questions from his constituents on Thursday on a range of current issues including Site C, Kinder Morgan, fish farms, and the electoral reform referendum. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

LETTER: Andrew Weaver is not an environmentalist

Green Party leader criticized by letter writer.

Listening to the CBC last night I heard Andrew Weaver being interviewed about Site C. He clearly and unequivocally stated that the Green Party was opposed to the project for financial reasons. It’s a good thing because the Utilities Commission was only mandated to analyse the project on that basis. He then went on to say that he didn’t want to defeat the government on that issue because that’s not what he was elected for. He doesn’t think his Green Party wasn’t elected to protect the environment.

On the contrary, I think most people who vote for the Green Party expect the elected representatives to vote to protect the environment, not to sacrifice it in order to keep the government running smoothly.

The Greens should have been demanding that the Utilities Commission be mandated to consider all the aspects of the damage from the project, not just the dollars, and they should have at least put up, a slight defence of the Peace River valley, rather than capitulating right from the get-go.

Instead Andrew admits that he really doesn’t care about 83 kilometres of river valley, he’s just concerned about the money. Truth is, he’s not an environmentalist, he’s just a hungry politician, and he’s duped the Greens into supplying him with a podium. Wake up Greenies, you’re our only hope.

Rod Retzlaff

Glade

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