Harrison Johnston is a student, a renter, a climate activist, and a lifelong member of the North Vancouver-Seymour community. One year ago, he co-organized the historic Vancouver climate strike, mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people to advocate for their futures — and now, he's stepping up to advocate for you.
Unlike many people in power, Harrison isn't a career politician. His dream is to someday be a high school teacher right here in North Vancouver-Seymour, but he's now dedicated himself to using his voice and making his community better — first in his many years as a local climate and Indigenous rights activist, then as an outspoken advocate to politicians across Metro Vancouver, and now by running to represent you in the BC Legislature.
Harrison's campaign is run by grassroots organizers, young and old, who are dedicated to building a future that works for all of us. We're tired of compromising; we're tired of being forced to choose profit over planet. Harrison is committed to building sustainable transit that lowers congestion and keeps our air breathable; implementing education policy that prioritizes parents, teachers, and students; creating jobs and strengthening BC's working class without making the next generation pay the price; and prioritizing the voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour in every aspect of governance.
As one of the first in a generation of climate strikers to run for office, Harrison exemplifies how new ideas can change the world. Our planet and our communities are changing — and it's time for our leaders to change with them, particularly now that youth around the world have become international leaders in political, social, and environmental innovation. Right now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a climate crisis, and global civil unrest, now is the time for bold, new leadership. If not us, who? If not now, when?
As a climate activist with years of grassroots and political experience under his belt, Harrison understands better than anyone the urgency of the climate crisis — and he has the unique skillset to create meaningful change.
Harrison and the BC Green Party have a bold vision for future economic prosperity, which includes creating environmentally sustainable jobs, boost social supports, and strengthen local businesses. Harrison believes in a just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that prioritizes the local economy.
Harrison's community of North Vancouver is clogged by congestion and fixing it is one of his top priorities. He plans to heavily invest in sustainable transit in order to decrease traffic, inject new life into our community, and reduce our carbon emissions.
Harrison recognizes that housing prices in North Vancouver have risen to an unsustainable level, forcing long commutes on essential workers and young people who keep our community functioning. Harrison views investing in affordable housing as a way of strengthening our community, relieving traffic congestion, and working towards a healthier planet for all.
Harrison's dream is to be a high school teacher, and he believes that our education system is our society's single most important investment into the future. He plans to not only build a better foundation for youth in BC, but also to foster relationships with teachers, and ensure that they are paid and treated fairly for the crucial role they play in our society.
BC is in the midst of a crisis: a poisoned drug supply that is harming drug users, the people who love them, and our entire community. Harrison will follow Dr. Bonnie Henry's detailed plan to decriminalize drug users and ensure that they are treated with compassion and empathy.
Harrison is committed to pursuing gender and sexual equity in every avenue of his campaign, including through his campaign team and his platform. He believes in creating firm equal-pay legislation and obtaining justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People.
Harrison's activist experience has given him a strong understanding of how our government has failed Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities. Harrison will prioritize the voices of historically oppressed groups throughout every step of governance, particularly as he advocates for reallocating funding from policing to community-led services and protecting the sovereignty of unceded Indigenous territory through Land Back initiatives.
Harrison understands the importance of labour rights, and cultivating a better relationship between BC’s unions and the Green Party. As our MLA, Harrison will work towards meeting the needs of our community and bettering the entire province, by fighting for labour rights.
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