Chris Tolley has been an active member of the Green Party of Canada for close to ten years. He has been on the campaign team for three elections, and was the candidate for the Toronto—Danforth Greens in the 2015 federal election.
When he’s not running for the Green Party, Chris is an award-winning writer, director and broadcaster. He is the co-host and producer of CBC’s PlayME, Canada’s national audio drama program. With a strong focus on social justice issues, his work has gained national recognition and built an international audience. He is also the Co-Artistic Director of EXPECT, a theatre company that has twice been recognized as a finalist at the Toronto Arts Foundation Awards for bringing the arts to Toronto’s marginalized neighbourhoods.
The social justice themes that Chris explores in his artwork naturally led him to the Green Party. He has been a member of the Toronto—Danforth Executive since 2011, holding the role of either the Financial Agent or the President.
As the candidate in the 2015 general election, Chris had the opportunity to debate the likes of Bill Morneau, the current Finance Minister, and MPs Adam Vaughan, Craig Scott and Julie Dabrusin. Later, he was also active in the fight for democratic reform, having spoken to the Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform, as well as organizing local community ERRE committee submissions.
Chris is a long-time resident of the riding, having lived here since 1999. He has been very active in supporting his east end community, from sponsoring local youth soccer teams to holding town hall meetings and supporting the fight against the Toronto Island airport expansion.
Raising a family in Toronto has brought Chris even closer to his neighborhood and community. He currently lives in Leslieville with his wife, Dharini, and their two young children, Olive and Linden.