The Green Party of Canada has confirmed Glenn Sollitt as their latest candidate to run in the Courtenay-Alberni riding in the upcoming federal election, currently anticipated for Oct. 19, 2015.
Glenn has had a diverse career that includes commercial fishing, a Mechanical Engineering degree from UBC and working for a leading process automation company. He now owns his own seafood distribution company. Together with his wife Fiona, who is a teacher, they have raised three children in the region.
While not a fan of the limelight, it is his commitment to the future that compels Glenn to take an active role in shaping it. Says Sollitt of his decision to become a candidate and potential Green MP for Courtenay-Alberni, “It’s been said that democracy is done by those who show up. It is time for me to show up.”
When asked why the Green Party, Sollitt responds, “That’s easy. They are the only party whose MPs can speak and vote on behalf of their constituents. That’s a deal breaker for me.”
The Green Party is polling strongly nationally, and more so in British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
Sollitt says confirmation at this time allows the opportunity to engage with the communities prior to ‘election fever’, a huge benefit serving his focus on valid representation and engagement with constituents. The candidate is looking forward to meeting people door-to-door, with hosted informal events, and with scheduled coffee shop hours throughout the riding. He is looking forward to the use of social media to further connect with people.
Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, was enthusiastic about the confirmation, stating: “Glenn Sollitt is a strong candidate with a solid community background.
“He has worked in resource industries and knows firsthand how critical it is to build a strong green economy. As a small businessman he will be a great representative for this riding. I am looking forward to campaigning alongside Glenn and to working with him in Parliament.”
Residents of the Comox Valley will have the opportunity to meet their candidate and Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May on Friday Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at Laughing Oyster Bookstore in Courtenay, where May will be signing books.