Unlike two-party systems, the Canadian federal election features a number of different candidates from different parties. While the Liberals and Conservatives may hold most people's attention (and votes), there's also the NDP, Bloc Quebecois, and last but not least, the Green Party, led by Elizabeth May. While the party may not get as much attention as some others, Elizabeth May's story with the Green Party is just as interesting.
May, who was born in Connecticut but moved to Nova Scotia at age 19 with her family, has always had environmental concerns. It started with her work against aerial insecticide use in Nova Scotia, and led her to work against uranium-mining in the province, as well as opposing nuclear power.
Eventually, she obtained a law degree and went to work as the Associate General Counsel for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, where she advocated for consumer, poverty, and environmental groups. Eventually, she became the Senior Policy Advisor to federal Environment Minister Tom McMillan, and was instrumental in creating several national parks during her tenure.
However, she resigned from her position when McMillan granted permits for dams in Saskatchewan without any environmental assessment.
Elizabeth May became the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada, a grassroots environmental organization, in 1989. She held the position for 17 years before resigning to become the leader of the Green Party in 2006.
May saw a historic victory when she became the first Green Party MP to be elected to the House of Commons in 2011. In 2015, she was re-elected in the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.
Since her rise to leadership 13 years ago, May has come to be known as the face of the Green Party, and continues to advocate for better environmental policies.
The Canadian federal election will take place on October 21. According to the CBC Poll Tracker, the Green Party is currently polling at 10.3 percent as of October 3.