- Saanich—Gulf Islands
Elizabeth May is the Leader of the Green Party of Canada and its first elected Member of Parliament, representing Saanich-Gulf Islands in southern Vancouver Island. Elizabeth is an environmentalist, writer, activist and lawyer, who has a long record as a dedicated advocate -- for social justice, for the environment, for human rights, and for pragmatic economic solutions.
A graduate of Dalhousie University Law School, Elizabeth was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. She practiced law in Ottawa with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal Minister of the Environment from 1986-1988. For seventeen years Elizabeth served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada, before stepping down in 2006 to launch her successful bid to become leader of the Green Party of Canada. Over the last twenty-years, Elizabeth has written eight books on a variety of environmental and political topics, including her most recent work, Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada.
In 2005, Elizabeth May was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her decades of leadership in the Canadian environmental movement. She was also recognized by the United Nations in 2006 as one of the world’s leading female environmentalists, and in 2010 Newsweek Magazine named her “one of the world’s most influential women.”
In the 2011 Election, Elizabeth made history by being the first Green Party candidate to be elected to the House of Commons. Respected across party lines, Elizabeth was chosen by her fellow MPs as: Parliamentarian of the Year 2012, Hardest Working MP 2013, and Best Orator 2014. Hill Times recognized her as the Hardest Working MP, Best Constituency MP, and Best Public Speaker in both 2013 and 2014.
A proud mother and grandmother, Elizabeth lives in Sidney, British Columbia.
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