A newcomer to politics, lawyer Lisa David, is seeking a seat for the Green Party in Fort Langley-Aldergrove. She is doing it, in part, to show her two sons the importance of getting involved in social issues.

Getting involved in the political process

Political novice Lisa David runs for the Greens in Fort Langley-Aldergrove riding

Fort Langley resident Lisa David was driving to work one morning when she heard a radio interview with Jane Sterk, the leader of the B.C. Green Party.

It was riveting, she recalls.

What Sterk had to say made a lot of sense to David, a married lawyer with two boys, aged two and four.

“She was quite eloquent and I agreed with everything she said,” David recalls.

She got in touch with the party, to offer her help.

As it turned out, the Greens didn’t happen to have a candidate running in David’s riding.

And her legal studies teaching contract was, conveniently, about to expire just in time for the campaign.

With the blessings of the party, all David needed was 100 signatures on a form to qualify.

And that is how the admitted political novice came to be running in the provincial election.

“I’m so green,” she says. “So literally green to this whole political process.”

She says she is running in part because she wants to set a good example to her children, by showing them the importance of getting involved in social issues.

“So they don’t sit on the sidelines.”

David made that choice herself, when she left a large corporate commercial law firm in Vancouver to help low-income people who need legal assistance at the non-profit Legal Services Society.

An online profile of David posted on the Green website notes that she “worked closely with poverty law groups and organizations that helped the Downtown Eastside.”

She has lived in Fort Langley about six years.

She says the long-range view of the Green party is particularly appealing to her as a parent.

“I’m concerned about the world they’re going to live in,” she says.

“For them [my sons] and they’re children.”

She is also hoping to encourage people to participate by voting, even if it isn’t for her.

“That’s the biggest thing.”

On the issues, she says there is a good business case to be made for protecting the environment.

“Business needs a sustainable environment as much as people do,” she says.

“Utilizing our resources to the fullest extent here in British Columbia will not only create necessary jobs but create a strong robust economy.”

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