Ian Pineau has been chosen as the Green Party candidate in the riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke for the upcoming federal election in Oct. 2019.
The candidate to carry the Green Party of Canada banner in the federal election coming up on Oct. 21 has been chosen. He is Ian Pineau, a full-time professor and program co-ordinator at the Pembroke campus of Algonquin College.He has held that position and resided in Pembroke for the past 17 years. Pineau was born and raised on Prince Edward Island. A life-long educator, he has worked across the country with youth and adults in outdoor environments. Active in environmental organizations and community groups wherever he has lived, he has a comprehensive understanding of sustainability issues from a variety of perspectives.Pineau said he has a strong belief in the need to address all three pillars of sustainability – social, economic, and environmental – in any and all decision making. He uses this to inform and drive his actions both personally and professionally.Pineau is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and has a masters of education degree specializing in educational leadership from Charles Sturt University in Australia. Having worked in five of Canada’s 10 provinces as well as in the Yukon Territory, he has a strong understanding of national as well as local issues.He is currently sitting on several boards of directors as well as on committees focused on sustainability and stewardship issues.“The next logical step seemed to be getting involved in the ongoing climate crisis that has emerged,” he said adding his personal motto is, “I refuse to do nothing.”This helped push him to offer his services to the riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.“Watching the exponential growth of severe weather events and their correlation with the current climate crisis, both across the country and particularly in Renfrew County, motivated me to become more involved in the solution to the greatest threat to mankind since the Cuban missile crisis,” Pineau said. “When I heard about the Green Party back in the early 90s I saw a natural alignment with a political party for the first time in my life.”Identification with the party took another giant step forward when Elizabeth May was elected leader in 2004.“Her work in Nova Scotia from the early 80s was one of the first political struggles that I remember feeling strongly about,” he said. “I became a member of the party in 2010. The party’s Green Vision resonates strongly with me as a foundational document. The recently articulated ‘Mission Possible: The Green Climate Action Plan’ represents 20 do-able, concrete and realistic steps that can be initiated immediately to help win what will be one of the greatest struggles in human history.”The nomination meeting that unanimously endorsed Pineau as Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke’s Green Party candidate was held July 16 in Eganville, with 17 Green Party supporters present. Voters in the selection process were members of the Green Party of Canada. At the same meeting an Electoral District Association (EDA) was formed. The CEO is John Epps of Eganville and financial agent is Russell Wardell of Renfrew.