I have had the honour 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.
I became leader of the BC Green Party in December of 2015 and led the party through the 2017 election, which resulted in a minority government, the first provincial Green caucus in North America and the balance of responsibility held by the Green caucus. Since then, the caucus and I have worked with the BC NDP government to implement many reforms, taking particular leadership in the development of the new economic agenda of the province. We have also been a fierce critics of the BC NDP and Liberals’ short-sighted investment in expanding the LNG industry, which amounts to “subsidized climate change”.