I have had the honor of serving the constituents of Oak Bay-Gordon Head as an MLA since 2013, as the first Green MLA in the BC Legislature.
I believe in policy, not politics, and have taken a cooperative approach in the Legislature, working across party lines to achieve the results that British Columbians expect and deserve. My team and I have seen tremendous results, seeing legislation introduced to address sexualized violence on university campuses on the basis of my private member’s bill.
Before entering politics, I spent my career studying the science underpinning past, present and future climate change. I spoke to many young people about the challenge of global warming, and the need to elect candidates who are committed to intergenerational equity and sustainability. I would tell them that, if those candidates don’t exist, then they should consider running themselves.
Over the years it became harder and harder to sit on the sidelines and watch as BC continued to go down the path of investing in old fossil fuel technologies, missing the opportunity to develop a diversified and resilient economy for this generation and the next. Finally, I decided that I needed to take my own advice, and run to be an MLA.
Over these past 4 years, I have worked hard to serve the residents of my community in Oak Bay-Gordon Head, and people across BC. I hope that in 2017 you will give me another opportunity to continue to push for real change and leadership in the BC Legislature.