The 42nd British Columbia general election is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2020. To help our community get to know the candidates who are running in our riding we're sharing profiles of each candidate. All candidates have been invited to share a profile with the Salt Spring Exchange and we’ll be featuring profiles on each candidate as they become available. This profile is for Adam Olsen, who is running to be a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Saanich North and the Islands with the Green Party.
About Adam Olsen
For the past three and a half years I was the MLA for Saanich North and the Islands. Before that I was the interim leader of the BC Green Party, a Central Saanich Councillor for eight years. I am a professional communicator and I have worked in amateur, collegiate, and professional sport, public and media relations.
What brought you to the area?
My family has lived, worked and played in the Salish Sea since time immemorial.
What one thing about Salt Spring would you tell someone who has never visited the island?
Please drive slowly, you’re not in the big city anymore!
If you could change one thing about Salt Spring, what would you change?
The relationship with the roads.
Which well known person, living or dead, do you think would be a good addition to the island?
Leonardo da Vinci - I can’t think of a better place for someone who has such a wide range of talents.
What do you think the number one community issue on Salt Spring Island is right now?
Salt Spring faces a diverse array of challenges in a wide variety of policy areas. I’m not ducking this question, I just don’t think it’s acceptable to identify a single most important issue because the MLA representing Salt Spring must be prepared to understand and advocate for several challenging issues ranging from housing and homelessness, transportation, supporting seniors, public education, climate action and social justice.
Which elected position are you seeking?
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Why should Salt Springers vote for you?
Over the past three and a half years I have invested many hours with Salt Spring Islanders to learn about the incredibly powerful community. It’s not just being educated on the challenges, it’s about recognizing and embracing the ideas and energy on Salt Spring Island.
I have built a strong network with community advocates and leaders. I’m confident that I have done the groundwork and research to understand the community governance and diverse array of provincial policy and legislation to be in the best position to represent the interests and needs of Salt Spring in the provincial legislature. Prior to the election I was in the process of drafting legislation to better regulate tree-cutting, advocating for increased policing resources, advancing climate policy, and preparing to launch a Southern Gulf Islands Forum to better coordinate advocacy from all levels of government. Should I have the honour of continuing to represent your beautiful community, I’m committed to continuing immediately after the election.
Is there a really good interview question we should have asked you?
What is the legacy you want to leave your children?
How would you have answered your question?
I want them to inherit a resilient and sustainable world that recognizes and embraces the finite natural resources. I want them to live in a just world where we are compassionate, kind and loving to each other. I want them to feel like they have an opportunity to make a meaningful difference, and they are empowered and able to speak fluently in SENĆOŦEN.