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B.C.'s first elected Green MLA sworn in

06/06/2013 05:00 EDT | Updated 08/06/2013 05:12 EDT
B.C.'s first Green Party MLA officially enters the legislature Thursday, after his historic win in last month's provincial election.

Andrew Weaver beat out long-time Liberal cabinet minister Ida Chong in the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head by nearly 2,478 votes.

- Read more about Andrew Weaver's historic win

Weaver, a noted climate scientist, is a University of Victoria professor who was part of the 2007 climate change team that won the Nobel Prize, along with former U.S. vice-president Al Gore.

Weaver says a green presence in the B.C. legislature will make a difference, especially on environmental issues as Premier Christy Clark embarks on an ambitious resource development agenda that involves harnessing the province's natural gas potential.

Clark, whose Liberal party won a surprise victory on May 14, is expected to name her new cabinet at a ceremony in Vancouver on Friday.

Clark has 25 returning MLAs and 24 new ones, many of whom will be expecting some sort of cabinet post.

Clark, herself defeated in the Vancouver-Point Grey riding, said Wednesday she will seek a new seat in the legislature in a July byelection in the Okanagan riding of Westside-Kelowna.

- More on Christy Clark's byelection announcement

The official swearing in for both Liberal and NDP MLAs will take place next week.

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