by Tyler Thomson, Communications Director Leeds Grenville Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Federal Green Party Electoral District Association
The federal Green Party Electoral District riding association is pleased to announce that Lorraine Rekmans is the officially nominated candidate to represent the Green Party of Canada, in Leeds Grenville Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes (LGTIRL) in the next federal election. “Lorraine will be carrying the Green banner for a fourth time in this riding, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have her represent our party and its values and policies. She is a long time champion for the environment and sustainable development that addresses climate change,” said Heather Kinsley Finnie, CEO of the LGTIRL Green EDA. As a long-serving member of the Green Party, Lorraine has written policy for the GPC through several national conventions and has served as the Indigenous Affairs Critic in the GPC Shadow Cabinet for 12 years. John Carley, of the Citizen’s Democracy Forum was pleased to support Rekmans’ nomination saying, “In the last seventy years that I have been privileged to vote, there has been only two candidates who have gained my confidence. The first, I helped elect in 1968, and he became an excellent representative for the constituents of that riding. The second is Lorraine Rekmans, and I have greater confidence in her. I shall do as much as I can to help the citizens of Leeds and Grenville know and appreciate Lorraine’s attributes, and commitment to being our voice in the Peoples Parliament, not just a Party member, but our representative.” Gananoque Artist and Activist, Steve Behal endorsed Lorraine saying, “With Climate and Indigenous issues being at the forefront of Canadian’s urgent concerns, Lorraine Rekmans has the most experience and expertise and knowledge to get meaningful things done. More than any other candidate from any party.” Lorraine Rekmans is a small business owner in partnership with her husband Gerry. She also served as Editor of the North Grenville Times in North Grenville for a brief period. She is a member of the Serpent River First Nation. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. Her career was centred on non-profit organizations dealing with questions of sustainable resource development.
“I am very proud to represent the Green Platform, as I believe we have the best action plan to address climate change, to shift to green technologies, and to create employment as well as address societal justice issues. I am prepared to work hard on behalf of the people in this riding. I stand for people and the planet,” said Lorraine.