Bob Jonkman was born in the Netherlands. As he applied for Canadian citizenship, the judge impressed on him the importance of civic engagement. That, she said, was the purpose of becoming a Canadian citizen. Bob took these words to heart, and after years of engaging in Canadian politics, has decided it is finally time to put his name forward and run for office.
In 2007, when the Ontario government held a referendum on electoral reform, Bob joined Fair Vote Canada, and has been politically active ever since. Bob is on the Executive Board of the Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter, and was a founding member of the Pirate Party of Canada.
Bob is a computer consultant, providing technical support and training to large and small corporations. Several clients are social justice organizations, and Bob is active in the Free Software community, encouraging the use of software that respects computer users' freedom. He has advocated for copyright reform, transparent government, and freely available Open Data from government and business.
Bob lives in Elmira with his wife Laurel. Elmira has been the subject of several environmental issues such as the groundwater contamination discovered in 1989, and the construction of a biogas plant. Bob served on the Elmira BioFuel Citizens' Committee, appealing the Ontario government's decision to locate the plant in the middle of town.
Bob and Laurel are the proud parents of one son, Willem, a student at the University of Toronto.
The Green Party of Canada is excited to have Bob Jonkman as our candidate in the riding of Kitchener—Conestoga.