Ned Taylor

Saanich South

My name is Ned Taylor. I was born in Saanich and I’ve lived here my entire life. I love it here. Having developed a keen interest in politics during high school, I became passionate about issues affecting younger generations. These include climate change, mental health, transportation, housing affordability, among many others. After graduating, I made a bold decision to run for Saanich Council at the age of 18. Although I was not successful in my first run, I persevered and was elected to Saanich Council and the CRD Board, garnering over 16,000 votes, at the age of 19. I then spent the next four years working tirelessly to make meaningful change in Saanich. As a direct result of motions I brought forward on Council, Saanich is now investing millions of additional dollars annually into their ‘Active Transportation Plan’ and ‘Climate Action Plan’. I was also successful in bringing forward proposals relating to youth engagement, community art, and road safety. Although I chose not to seek re-election in 2022, I remain passionate about this community and the issues affecting it. I hope to continue to make a tangible difference for people in Saanich as your next MLA.

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About Ned

Ned Taylor was born and raised in Saanich. Throughout his youth and young adult life he has been heavily involved in the community. While attending Reynolds Secondary, he found time outside of school hours to volunteer with the BC Green Party, fundraise for Cops for Cancer, and advocate for issues in BC through numerous petitions. During this time, Ned was recognized for these contributions by receiving a Civic Engagement Scholarship and Volunteer Service Award.

Shortly after graduating high school, he ran for Saanich Council in a by-election that was held in 2017 to fill the seat of Late Councillor Vic Derman. While promising to continue Vic’s environmental legacy, Ned surprised many by placing fifth out of ten candidates. After being inspired by this result, Ned got more involved in Saanich by joining multiple Saanich Advisory Committees and the Board for his local Community Association. In 2018 he received the third highest votes out of an eighteen candidate field and became the youngest ever Saanich Councillor and CRD Director. As an elected official, he was a known champion for issues such as climate change, road safety, housing, and youth representation.

Ned was appointed to several leadership roles that included Chairing Saanich’s Parks Committee and Vice-Chairing the CRD’s Environment Committee. He also served on external boards such as that of the Royal and Mcpherson Theatres Society and the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. In 2022 Ned made the difficult decision not to run for re-election in the General Municipal Election. Ned cited his desire to have more time to pursue his Commercial Pilots License. Although temporarily stepping away from politics, he remains involved in the community and has since joined the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. Throughout his time being involved in Saanich, Ned has been recognized as a role model for youth in the community, and an individual with a strong skill set and work ethic. He hopes to continue to make a difference in Saanich and the Greater Victoria region.

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