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 young daughters.
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, having run for office several times in the last decade, including her first campaigns against then-premier Christy Clark in 2011 and 2013.
She 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 to represent the riding of Steveston-Richmond East because, after a lifetime of fighting for peace, justice and environmental protection, government continues to steer us down the wrong path. She knows that she would be a strong advocate for the community in Ottawa and that her voice would be a powerful call for non-partisan action on the urgent crises of our time: climate change mitigation and adaptation, income and social inequality, reconciliation with First Nations from coast-to-coast-to-coast, and the erosion of public trust in our democratic and social institutions. As a member of Parliament, 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 Ottawa so she can make government pick up the pace. It's time, neighbours. Vote Green.