Former Bowen Island Mayor and recent Vancouver City Council candidate will campaign on strong opposition to Kinder Morgan
Adriane Carr, the Greens' former candidate in Vancouver Centre who was re-elected in 2014 at the top of the polls as Vancouver's Green Party City Councillor, nominated Barrett at yesterday's meeting. "Lisa is the kind of politician that's perfect for Vancouver Centre: practical and down-to-earth at the same time as sophisticated and intelligent. She really listens to people, is passionate on issues of social justice and dedicated to protecting Vancouver Centre's thriving tourism economy from the threats of oil spills."
Barrett, a former two-term mayor of Bowen Island, is a member of the Canadian Bar Association who currently practices as a civil mediator. As the Green Party candidate for Vancouver Centre, Barrett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in governance, policy and community activism which includes 6 years as a Vancity director as well as six years on the board of the Vancity Community Foundation. She is a former director and current committee member of Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, a member of the National Poliy Council of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, and is a former Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives board member currently working with the Trade Investment Research Project and the January 1st Collective. Barrett ran for Vancouver City Council in 2014 with COPE and was the top vote-getter amongst COPE's council candidates, winning more than 35,000 votes.
Barrett says that she is motivated to run for the Green Party in Vancouver Centre for a number of reasons very close to her heart, including to protect Vancouver and the BC Coast from Kinder Morgan's pipeline and tankers (the Green Party is the only party unambiguously opposed to Kinder Morgan expansion) and help stimulate better, cleaner economic development in Vancouver; to halt the erosion of Canadian democracy and sovereignty that is being accelerated through the signing of so-called investor-state arbitration treaties such as the recently ratified Canada-China FIPPA agreement, which give foreign companies the right to sue Canadian governments for projected loss of profitability due to democratically enacted laws and regulations; and to repeal Bill C-51, the "Anti-Terrorism Bill" currently working its way through the Senate and which has been broadly condemned as unconstitutional and open to abuse. Bill C-51 passed three readings in Parliament with Conservative and Liberal support, including the support of Vancouver Centre Liberal MP Hedy Fry.
The next federal election is expected to take place on October 19, 2015.
Additional biographical details about Lisa Barrett:
- Hold degrees and diplomas in Law, Economics and Arts from UBC, SFU, the London School of Economics, the University of Cambridge, the University of London, Ryerson University and the University of Bologna.
- Spent 9 years on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District
- Served two terms as a Vancity director and two terms on the board of the Vancity Community Foundation
- Has served for many years on the executive of the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee, as an advisor to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, and as Communications Officer of the Centre for Civic Governance at the Columbia Institute
- Former board member and current committee member of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada
- Member of the National Policy Advisory Council of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network
- Former director and current committee member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
- Local coordinator for Code Pink: Women for Peace.
- Active member of Rising Tide - Coast Salish Territories
- Ran as the Green Party of Canada candidate in West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country in 1997.
- Most recently, ran for Vancouver City Council in 2014 with COPE, and was the party's top vote-getter among its council candidates, winning more than 35,000 votes.