Divisive Politics in British Columbia

In my last video and blog post I talked about the left/right political divide in British Columbia. My discomfort with either/or politics, is in my DNA.

The government calls me as a Status Indian. I grew up on Tsartlip First Nation, in Central Saanich, with an Indigenous and a non-Indigenous parent. It was a struggle until my early thirties, when I realized that I am neither. I am both. I am W̱ILṈEW̱.

In Canada it is not that simple, we live in a divided and politically charged world. Surviving with my genetic mix, I’ve had to be flexible and willing to adapt, I can't divide myself into pieces and view the world from only one perspective.

Look, I have always straddled the line and my ideas have never been for one side or the other, so why should my politics?

When I was elected as a municipal councillor in Central Saanich, there were many different ideas at the table but no clearly defined left or right. I liked the murkiness, it provided the space for collaboration.

When I decided to run provincially, I chose the BC Greens, because of their principles, values and a commitment to good governance. And besides, like me, they do not fit easily into one side or the other.

I have been working in governance now for more than eight years. I love my job. I love working with people and for the benefit of our whole community. I hope to continue the work as the next MLA for Saanich North and the Islands.

Adam Olsen

Stellys Cross Road, Brentwood Bay, BC, V8M 1J7