Last summer, Green Party of Canada members in Ontario chose me to be their representative on Federal Council. In November my fellow council members chose me to serve as the party's Interim President.
I have taken a leadership role in passing our 2015 budget, allocating campaign resources and recommitting federal council to the recommendations of the 2013 Governance Review Workshop. The 2015 general election presents an incredible opportunity for our party. The challenge of the party president will be to help council maintain oversight of our campaign while at the same time ensuring that our staff and experts are sufficiently empowered to meet our goals.
We require a party president who is committed to Green values and also to electoral success.
We require a party president who has extensive and diverse experience within the party, who understands the local, provincial and national challenges.
We require a party president who is committed to our party and has developed strong relationships with party leaders such as members of council, the executive director, the national campaign manager and the leader.
I have been a GPC member for 9 years. I have served on the Young Greens Council, as a Green Party staff member and on the executive of my local EDA. I have also worked on numerous by-election campaigns. In Ontario I was our provincial candidate for Ottawa--Vanier in 2011 and 2014, and a member of the GPO's shadow cabinet. I have knocked on thousands of doors and have made more supporter identification and "GOTV" calls than I can remember. In addition to my Green Party experience, I have served on a number of governance boards and as a business owner, I have the flexibility to reorganize my schedule allowing me to make the time commitment required for this role.
Given my party and campaign experience, alongside my commitment to efficiency and transparency in the governance of our party, I am confident that I am the right person to serve as the president of Federal Council. I hope that by May 15th I will have earned your support.
Interim President of the Green Party of Canada
Chair of the Green Party of Canada Campaign Committee