My name is Jo-Ann Roberts, Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada and I want to serve you as the next Member of Parliament for Halifax.
I am a proud Maritimer who has been a journalist for most of my working career, much of it with CBC. I have a B.A. from Mount Allison University and a journalism degree from Carleton University. I have also owned and operated a successful small business, Media Relations Consultants, and worked with Threshold Housing, a not-for-profit which supports youth at risk of homelessness. I am married to Ken Kelly and we have four adult children and two adorable grandchildren.
I left my job with the CBC in 2014, so I could speak out in support of public broadcasting. I also wanted to fight for social justice, protect our environment and start the transition to a green economy. So, I made the decision to run as a Green Party candidate in Victoria, B.C. in the 2015 federal election. While I was approached by other parties to run for them, it was the Green Party that most aligned with my values. As well, our first grandchild had just been born and I wanted to tell her that I did everything I could when she asks me “Grandma, what did you do to fight climate change?”
I came second in 2015 with almost 24, 000 votes; that is more votes than 131 MPs who were elected. It was a tough race and I learned a lot. It was hard to watch Elizabeth May return to the House of Commons alone. She works harder than any other MP in Parliament and could do so much more if she had like-minded Green Party colleagues working with her.
After the election, I felt it was time to regroup, time to move home. So, we did. As we made our decision about where we wanted to live in the Maritimes, Halifax was the obvious choice. While I had not lived in the city since I was a young child, my parents had lived here for almost 40 years. My father passed away 11 years ago, but my Mom, Ella, still lives here as do my sister, Jane and brother, David and their families. It feels great to be back home.
In 2018, I was honoured when Elizabeth May asked if I would be willing to serve as a Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada. I agreed and over the last year I have been working hard to support the work of Greens in Atlantic Canada and right across the country. I host and produce the Green Party Podcast, People, Politics and Planet. It’s been exciting to watch the election of Green candidates in BC, Ontario, New Brunswick and P.E.I.. There is an excitement about a political party that puts people before power and takes accountability seriously. We know in Halifax how important it is that we have an MP who will fight to defend and build businesses that respect our ocean, our coastline, our forests and that ensure our children will have clean air, water and soil. We’re tired of broken promises and politicians who toe the party-line.
I’m not a career politician but I have the skills, and the experience, to work for you in Parliament for a better Halifax and a better Canada. I am asking for your vote on October 21st.
Jo-Ann Roberts (Green Party Candidate for Halifax)
Canadians in this election, more than ever, can vote from hope and from conviction, not from fear.