- Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—Verchères
Dany Gariépy first remembers getting involved in politics around 1976, when he was caught up in the enthusiasm and optimism of his father and other activists who had helped campaign for the PQ. The wind of change they brought helped him realize that politics can be a field of positive change that brings people together in pursuit of a common cause.
In 1985, wanting to do his part, Dany ran for president of the Young Builders of the Parti Québécois at the Cégep de Shawinigan. In this role, he helped organize debates and candidate visits, as well as writing press releases to local weeklies and the newspaper Le Nouvelliste.
When he left Cégep, Dany listened for the first time to his desires and curiosity, and completed a certificate in environmental sciences at UQAM. Despite his love at first sight for science, Dany chose what he calls “the easy path” and started as a factory worker at Alcan in Jonquière. He stayed passionate about provincial, national and international issues, but never really got involved.
Then, in the wake of disasters such as Chernobyl, Exxon Valdez, Bhopal and the mad cow crisis of the 1990s, Dany started to become convinced of the merits of environmental activism. These avoidable events, which were disproportionately impacting those on the margins of society, instilled in Dany a desire to channel more of his energy into causes of sustainability and equity. He joined Greenpeace and started to think more seriously about the unnecessary waste he was generating in his personal life.
Dany is running in 2019, at least partially, out of guilt for not being more involved in environmental activism during all those years. For him, the Green Party is the only national party with a vision to confront the challenges of the 21st century, the most extreme being the imminent climate crisis.
Dany looks forward to working with the residents of Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—Verchères to build a more prosperous, vibrant and sustainable future, and hopes to be the first Green MP elected in the province.