In an unusually competitive riding , Mike Morrice beat out two other nominees for the Green Party of Canada to become their candidate for Kitchener - Centre in the upcoming federal election .
The local riding association’s nomination meeting, held Wednesday March 6 th in Kitchener, drew a record breaking crowd with more than 200 people in attendence . Members selected Morrice, well known as the founder of Sustainable Waterloo Region, and Green Economy Canada .
“I’m doing this because I recognize the significant challenges we face, from economic inequality to gaps in our health system to household debt, all of which are made worse by the climate crisis” said Morrice. “It’s time our ambition rises to meet the scale of the challenges we face . ”
Morrice shared with attendees his support for a made - in - Canada Green New Deal with a shift to 100% renewables, high speed rail, universal access to affordable and energy efficient housing, and a federal jobs guarantee .
“I know I have the experience to deliver on this aspiration. I’ve started from a v ision before, leaned on my business training and listened to the needs of those I aspire to serve. I’ve organized teams of passionate people, secured the required funding and partnerships, and followed through.”
At a time when many nomination contests are running uncontested, there were three community leaders seeking to be the party’s candidate in Kitchener - Centre. Morrice was up against Bob Jonkman and Ian Graham who each bring a wealth of local experience with them.
Despite the fact that days ago the loc al riding association changed venues to accommodate rising registration numbers, the new location was at capacity before the event even started. Organizers moved quickly to secure an additional location ac ross the street to accommodate the line out the door.
The increased interest in the Kitchener - Centre riding reflects trends across the country that Canadians may be looking to the Greens as an alternative to the status quo in federal politics .
Federally, the Green Party of Canada is building momentum: in th e recent Outremont by - election , the Green candidate placed ahead of the Conservatives, the Bloc and the People’s Party with 13% of the vote. In recent polls , Elizabeth May was chosen as the most ethical party leader by the most Canadians. May is also polling at 11% for preferred Prim e Minister, tied with newly elected NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.
Morrice founded Sustainable Waterloo Region and the first Green Economy Hub, which engaged local c ompanies representing 14% of the local workforce – to set and achieve voluntary climate goals. He also spearheaded the creation of Climate ActionWR , a collaborative effort that secure d unanimous support from Regional and City Councils for our community’s first - ever climate target (a 6% reduction by 2020, since raised to 80% by 2050) .
In response to global interest in replicating Green Economy Hubs, Mike founded Green Economy Canada in 2013 and led the award - winning organization until late last year. Today there are 7 Green Economy Hubs across Ontario supporting over 250 organizations lowering their impact and increasing their profitability. For more information on Morrice’s experience and platform, visit https://morrice2019.ca/ .