QuickSketch: BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver

QuickSketch: Green Leader Andrew Weaver

VANCOUVER — BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver is aiming for a historic breakthrough for his third-place party. Here is a sketch of the climate scientist turned politician:

Age: 56

Born: Nov. 16, 1961, Victoria

Education: Bachelor of science in mathematics and physics from the University of Victoria in 1983, a masters in advanced studies in mathematics from Cambridge University in 1984, and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of British Columbia in 1987.

Academic career: Weaver was a lead author on four scientific assessments by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the body that shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007. He has been a University of Victoria professor for 20 years and has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers.

Political career: Weaver says former party leader Jane Sterk asked him to run three times before he agreed. In 2013, he became the first Green elected to B.C.’s legislature and in 2015 he won the leadership.

Current riding: Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Idols: David Suzuki, Tommy Douglas and Lady Gaga

Quote: “We see too much politics being based on sound bites and too little being based on thoughtful analysis.”

The Canadian Press

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