Jennifer Alderson

Alderson to carry the banner for Green Party in Essex



Jennifer Alderson is the Green Party's candidate in the Oct. 19 federal election.

Jennifer Alderson is the Green Party’s candidate in the Oct. 19 federal election.

By Ron Giofu


The Green Party has its candidate for the Essex riding for the Oct. 19 federal election.

Jennifer Alderson will run for the Greens and believes she offers an alternative to the Conservatives, Liberals and New Democrats. She said the Green Party has always made protection of the environment, “true democracy,” and the prosperity of Canadians its top priorities.

“Now, more than ever, we need a government that will work to restore and protect the quality of our land, air and water, all while creating sustainable jobs,” said Alderson. “I care deeply about Essex County and will work tirelessly to ensure the voices of my constituents are heard. I have always voted Green and I believe those of the Essex riding deserve an alternative to the three major parties.”

Describing herself as “a dedicated and hardworking wife, mother, post office employee and volunteer,” Alderson said she established the Belle River Farmers’ Market in 2014 as a venue for local food and wine.

“Throughout the summer and fall, my husband and I spend our Sundays managing the market as volunteers,” she said. “I also enjoy working to better the community and plan local events as a member of Town of Lakeshore committees. As an advocate for the community, I understand firsthand the issues and struggles of middle class families and will stand up for them as MP.”

The Green Party candidate said leader Elizabeth May just announced, if elected, the Greens will offer paid tuition for Canadians. Alderson stated this would allow “so many deserving individuals” to pursue post-secondary education.

“Like many Canadians, I am still paying for my student loans, so I would certainly love to see young people start out their adult lives without the burden of unnecessary debt,” she said.

Eliminating poverty and homelessness by developing affordable and efficient housing and enacting a guaranteed livable income are also important to the Green Party, she added.
“Offering Canadians comprehensive national medical coverage is another key plank of the Greens,” said Alderson. “Allowing Canadians access to treatment and medication is vital for our nation’s health.”

Alderson pledged that, if elected, she would work with the Green Party to create more clean and sustainable jobs for the area and focus on employment in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, health care, carbon neutral manufacturing, clean transportation and tourism.

“Preservation of our unique regional ecosystem will be the driving force behind all decisions made as a representative for the area,” she said. “I offer the people of Essex my commitment, determination, integrity and loyalty.”

Working with the other parties is another key for the Greens, said Alderson.

“The Green Party vows to collaborate with the other parties to work for Canadians without the power struggle that currently plagues parliament,” said Alderson. “The Green Party is the only party with a policy of no whipped votes. Allowing MPs to vote for their constituents means as a Green MP, I would be able to ensure the interests of Essex residents are met, first and foremost. Without campaign funding and the media attention enjoyed by the major parties, I know I will have to work even harder to spread the Green message, a challenge I welcome.”

Alderson stated that “building the weak and unstable economy of the area is undoubtedly the biggest issue facing Essex County.

“The Green Party will work to support local farmers, assist small businesses, boost tourism, and bring in clean and sustainable industries to the region. Air and water quality are also key issues the Green Party will address on a regional and national level.”

According to Alderson, corporations “must be held financially accountable for polluting our Great Lakes and the air we breathe.” Companies that respect the environment “must be supported and encouraged,” she added.

“We cannot deny that ecology and the economy are interconnected in our modern world,” said Alderson.

The Green Party candidate said many voters agree it is time for a completely new approach to Canadian government and believes her party offers a platform that stands out from the Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP “with its innovative, yet common sense approach.” The response thus far has been positive from voters with Alderson stating she hopes to reach out to as many residents as possible prior to election day.

Other candidates in Essex include Conservative incumbent Jeff Watson, Liberal Audrey Festeryga, Tracey Ramsey of the NDP and Enver Villamizar of the Marxist-Leninist Party.