VANCOUVER B.C. – The Green Party of Vancouver announced today that Matt Toner has joined its 2018 election team in the role of Campaign Chair. Toner recently finished a two-year term as the Vancouver-based Deputy Leader of the BC Green Party and has been a fixture in Vancouver’s innovation economy since 2007. In 2013, he ran for the BC NDP against Sam Sullivan in the BC Liberal stronghold of Vancouver-False Creek, where his unorthodox campaign tactics drove up the BC NDP vote by more than 35 percent.
“Matt brings unique experiences from his ongoing work in provincial politics and strong networks from his career in the private sector”, said Anthony Hughes, Chairperson of the Green Party of Vancouver. “These qualities make him a great cornerstone of the first-class team we are building for the election in October.”
“During last year’s provincial election, we saw what a focused Green campaign can accomplish. Our values, our ideas, and our candor cut through the tired tug-of-war between two established parties”, said Toner. “There is no doubt in my mind that the Green Party of Vancouver can achieve the same thing this year. I am honoured that Adriane Carr and her team would ask me to help them take on this challenge.”
Adriane Carr agreed. “The upcoming civic election is shaping up to be a change election in Vancouver. Voters are saying they are tired of majority rule politics and ready to elect a more balanced City Council where Greens take on a strong, collaborative role not only on the “green” front, but - more importantly – on building a city that is truly affordable and sustainable. Matt is the first piece of what will be our best campaign team yet, and I am confident that the people of Vancouver will be inspired by all of the candidates that we will be putting forward.”
Toner is inspired by what is known as Lean Startup methodology and will apply that sensibility to his duties as Campaign Chair. Working with senior party leadership, allies, and other supporters, he will begin immediately developing new strategies around media relations, fundraising techniques and voter identification in order to achieve the biggest possible win for the Vancouver Greens in October.
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Jacquie Miller, Vice Chairperson