As a father to four daughters, husband of 24 years, lawyer for over 28 years, political volunteer for 35 years, and enthusiastic hockey player for 50 years, David Merner understands the importance of commitment, hard work, creativity and fun.
David earned degrees from Harvard College, the University of Alberta, Oxford University and the University of Toronto, and has been called to the bar in both British Columbia and Ontario. He advised Ministers at the Department of Justice and Privy Council Office in Ottawa for 15 years before moving back to B.C. to help reform the province’s justice system into the most innovative in the world.
David is an avid volunteer both close to home and abroad. He has been lucky enough to provide support to organizations like The Land Conservancy of B.C. and Habitat Acquisition Trust, and has served on election observation missions in Haiti and Ukraine. He also volunteered for the Liberal Party of Canada for over 30 years and ran for the Liberals in Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke in 2015.
In 2018, David decided he could not support a party that serially breaks its promises. He joined the Green Party because he believes our democracy should work for all voters, not just party elites. That taxpayers should no longer spend $3.5 billion annually on fossil fuel subsidies. That the purchase and twinning of the Kinder Morgan pipeline is a huge mistake for taxpayers and the environment. That it’s time for real change in Canadian politics and Canada’s economy.
Most importantly, effective leadership is essential to climate action. To lead effectively, the Green Party of Canada must win seats. David has campaigned on winning Green campaigns in British Columbia with Adam Olsen, in Ontario with Mike Schreiner, and in New Brunswick with Megan Mitton. Through hard work, inspiration and fun, he is dedicated to winning a Green Party seat in Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke on October 21, 2019.