Francoise Raunet is a mom, a French Immersion teacher, and a lifelong Vancouverite. She currently lives in co-op housing on the Fraser River near the Knight Street Bridge with her husband and two daughters. She believes that we need to twin the economy. The powerful economic forces of globalization that have held the reins of power since at least the Reagan years must be counterbalanced by equally powerful localization of the economy. No one is better positioned than the mayor to guide Vancouver towards a zero-growth, sustainable & prosperous local economy that keeps our money flowing locally through small businesses and neighbourhoods. Françoise's many decades working in Vancouver's retail, community service, and education sectors make her ideally suited to working across party lines for the common good.
Françoise got into activism at a young age, attending Solidarity marches and anti-Expo eviction protests in the 80s with her parents, and with the Environmental Youth Alliance in her teens. She is a seasoned Green candidate at the provincial and federal levels, having run for office several times in the last decade, including her first campaigns against then-premier Christy Clark in 2011 and 2013.
Françoise has lived and worked all over the world, including France (1989-1990), Oregon (1992-1996), and Taipei (2001-2006). She completed her MA in International Studies at SFU, where she focused on complex emergencies and wrote on China's role in African development.
She is running because, after a lifetime of fighting for peace, justice and environmental protection, she's beyond frustrated that government continues to steer us down the wrong path. She knows that her voice would be a powerful one for non-partisan action on the urgent crises of our time: the global housing crisis, erosion of public infrastructure and institutions, rising income and social inequality, climate change mitigation and adaptation, reconciliation with First Nations, and restoring our fraying social safety net. As mayor of Vancouver, she will grow the community economic networks, national and regional public transportation systems, local food supplies, renewable energy grids, and healthy ecosystems that a 21st-century city needs to survive.
It's not too late. We need to start building the economy of the future today. Help Françoise get to Vancouver City Hall so she can make government pick up the pace. It's time, neighbours.