Elizabeth May appoints Jo-Ann Roberts Interim GPC Leader

Watch the complete CPAC video of the Press Conference

Deputy GPC Leader Daniel Green (Outremont GPC candidate) , GPC MP Paul Manly, (Nanaimo-Ladysmith),
John Kidder (Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon GPC candidate),  GPC MP Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands),
GPC MP Jenica Atwin (Fredericton), and Interim GPC Leader Jo-Ann Roberts (Halifax GPC candidate).

“I’ve always kept my word and I’ve never lied, and I think that’s important.”
— Elizabeth May    

Elizabeth May stepped down as leader of the Green Party of Canada, effective Monday November 4th, 2019.  She will continue her important climate action work as an MP within Parliament.

Green Party of Canada Deputy Leader Jo-Ann Roberts has graciously accepted the appointment as the Interim GPC Leader who will oversee the Leadership process.

The GPC Leadership Convention will be held on October 2, 3 and 4th, 2019, at a convention in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

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Thank you, #BrantfordBrant!

Bob Jonkman at the podium giving a speech

Nomination Meeting

As my friend and fellow candidate, David Weber said, it’s been quite a ride.

From the time I was invited to submit my name for the nomination, to the last polls being counted on election night, I’ve been honoured to represent Brantford-Brant as your Green Party candidate.

Brant Greens Campaign Team sitting around a restaurant table

Campaign Team

It’s been wonderful working with the Brant Greens Campaign Team: Nora Fueten, my Campaign Manager; Dave Legere, Official Agent; Susan Norman, Sign Captain; Lin Geary, Communications Director; Laurel Russwurm, Social Media Manager; Kristen Ashley, Volunteer Coordinator; and Ken Burns, who oversaw the operations and logistics of the campaign, organized the canvassing routes, and provided me with valuable guidance on presenting policy at debates.

Ken Burns, Bob Jonkman join Mike Schreiner for a Brantford Town Hall

Ken Burns, Bob Jonkman and Mike Schreiner

Many thanks also to Mike Schreiner, the leader of the Green Party of Ontario, for taking an entire day of his Leader’s Tour, visiting Brantford-Brant’s political and business leaders, and launching our campaign with a Town Hall meeting.

Paris Fair

We worked on the traditional campaign events that the Brant Greens are known for: our Green Screen booth at the Paris Fair, waste diversion at Canada Day and other events, and participating in other community events.

Many people holding election signs for Bob Jonkman

Sign Waving

We also tried new and unusual things: Sign waving, which is standing at a busy intersection holding election signs, waving at passing motorists and pedestrians; canvassing on bicycles; and having a bike ride with the candidate!

Eight people standing on stairs posing for another photographer


And I’d like to thank my fellow candidates. While the media highlighted the rancour between some of the party leaders, in our own riding the relations between candidates was always respectful.

And finally, I’d like to thank my family, Laurel and Willem, for canvassing with me, coming to debates, and supporting me throughout the entire campaign.

Thank you all!


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Sign Waving and Celebration Party

Hi everyone: Today is election day! If you haven’t voted yet, go out and do that now! When you come back, come join us at the two last events of this campaign:

Let’s wave some signs at motorists hurrying by to cast their ballots!

What: Sign Waving!
When: Monday, 21 October 2019 starting at 4:00pm
Where: Prominence Point
Location: the corner of Dalhousie Street and Brant Avenue Map

Then we’ll celebrate a very successful campaign!

What: Brant Greens Celebration Party
When: Monday, 21 October 2019 starting at 7:15pm
Where: Sociable Kitchen and Tavern
Location: 45 King George Road, Brantford Map

See you all this afternoon!



Bob Jonkman    bob.jonkman@greenparty.ca
Brantford-Brant Green Party Candidate    +1-519-770-5305
Web: https://bobjonkman.ca/    Twitter: @BobJonkmanGPC
Vote for the person who will best represent you in your riding!
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#GreenWave 3 Things to Do In E-DAY 2019 in #BrantfordBrant


If you have not received your voting card, you can find out where to go to vote with the poll finder on the Elections Canada website:

If you receive an automated message telling you to vote somewhere else, always check with Elections Canada to be sure.  

Make sure you have the necessary Identification Documents

Option 1: Show one of these pieces of ID

  • your driver’s licence
  • any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address

Option 2: Show two pieces of ID

Both must have your name and at least one must have your current address.

  • voter information card and bank statement
  • utility bill and student ID card

Don’t have these? No problem!  Check the list of accepted ID.

Option 3: If you don’t have ID

You can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you.

The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care institutions).

Important information about ID

    • We accept pieces of ID in their original format. If your document was issued electronically, like an e-statement or an e-invoice, bring a printout or show it on a mobile device.
    • We accept different pieces of ID from the same source if the documents serve different purposes. For example, we accept an invoice and a transcript from the same school.
    • Your name and address must be printed on the ID. They can’t be added by hand, unless they are added by the issuer of the document, like a residence administrator or a guardian.
    • We accept expired ID, as long as it has your name and current address.
    • The pieces of ID listed above are authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer. No other pieces will be accepted.
    • The pieces of ID required for a federal election are not the same as for provincial, territorial or municipal elections.


In Canada you can register to vote right at the Polling Station on Election Day!

To check if you’re registered at your current address, use the Online Voter Registration Service or contact your local Elections Canada office.

You can also register or update your voter information, including your name, at your assigned polling station before you vote on election day, Monday, October 21.

Information from Elections Canada 

2. Join Us!  

Feel the Green Wave! Join us for Sign Waving at Prominence Point today!  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Join Bob Jonkman and the Brant Greens team to celebrate a hard fought election.

21 October 2019 @ 7:15 pm – 11:59 pm

WHERE: Socialable Kitchen and Tavern
45 King George Road, Brantford, Ontario

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Closing Remarks

These were my closing remarks to the audience at the Canadian Federation of University Women of Brantford’s All Candidates Meeting, held on Tuesday, 15 October 2019. I think they serve nicely as closing remarks to the entire campaign.

YouTube: Bob Jonkman’s closing remarks at the University Women Debate #2019

Today is Election Day in Canada — Look at the candidates in your riding, check their policies, then choose the candidate who will best represent you, who will not have their votes whipped in Parliament, who will work with others to implement electoral reform (and not just promise to), who will work with others to enact the resolution of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples now (not ten years from now), and whose party has a strong, science-based climate action plan.


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Catch the Green Wave!

YouTube: Green Wave

Green Wave is Free Culture

Please help share the video by sharing it with your friends and family on social media:

Bob’s YouTube

We were incredibly fortunate to have the multi-talented Josh Woodward create the music for our video.  (Laurel and I are long time fans.)

Josh is a free culture pioneer who publishes all his work under a Creative Commons attribution license which allows everyone to download and share it legally.  This particular license means you can use this music any way you like, even commercially, so long as you conform to the terms of the license agreement by making the appropriate attribution.

Download the Green Wave MP3 here

Creative Commons Licence
Green Wave by Josh Woodward is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

For your listening pleasure, you also have the option of downloading the video soundtrack!

Green Wave Original Cast Soundtrack MP3

And for your viewing pleasure, you don’t need to be dependent on someone’s online site, you also have the option of downloading the video!

Download the Green Wave MP4 Video here

On this day of rest before tomorrow’s 43rd Canadian Federal election, enjoy!

For more great music by @Josh Woodward visit his website

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Biking with Bob Jonkman, Saturday 19 October 2019

Google Map of Bike Route around a section of the Grand River

Let’s go Biking With Bob Jonkman, The Green Party Candidate for Brantford-Brant!

We’ll take a ride around a section of the Grand River, starting at George Campbell Park (D), west to the SCJT trail (B), north along the river to Colborne Street (C), then back to George Campbell Park (D) along the TH&B trail south of the river.

I estimate it at about 15km, done in a leisurely 90 minutes, finished by 6:00pm. Temperature is expected to be 15C, so a light jacket may be called for.

Bring a water bottle, bike helmet, and your bike (of course). We’ll meet in the parking lot just south of George Cambell Park at 4:00pm.

What: Bike Ride with Bob Jonkman
When: Saturday, 19 October 2019 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Meet in the parking lot south of George Campbell Park
Location: 5 Spalding Drive, Brantford, Ontario Map

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Climate Panel Discussion at Russell Reid Public School, 16 Oct 2019 at 6:30pm

I’ve been invited to participate in a panel discussion on Climate Change at Russell Reid Public School:

What: Climate Change Discussion Panel
When: Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 6:30pm
Where: Russell Reid Public School
Location: 43 Cambridge Drive, Brantford, Ontario Map

If you’d like to do some homework, you can read Mission: Possible, the Green Party’s 20 step Climate Action Plan that discusses how and why we will ensure the reduction in Green House Gas emissions to 60% of 2005 levels before the end of 2030.


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Final #BrantfordBrant Debate TONIGHT! (Tue, 15 Oct 2019)

What would have been the 1st debate (planned by the Paris Chamber of Commerce) was cancelled because both Liberal and Conservative candidates declined to attend. Thus the Rogers/Brantford Chamber of Commerce debate was the first. The

Here’s one small clip from the second 2019 Brantford Brant All Candidate Meeting, last week’s excellent “Women Inspiring Women, Women’s Institute Branch” event.

YouTube: Bob Jonkman on Internet Access ~ Women Inspiring Women WI All Candidates Soundbite

The third and Brantford-Brant Debate of the 2019 election will take place at 7pm this evening. I hope to see you there!

Though the final week of the 2019 campaign, we plan to publish more videos. Subscribe to this blog, or my YouTube Channel to be sure not to miss any of it!

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Green BBQ & Social Fundraiser Tonight! (Sat, 12 Oct 2019)

Come join the Brant Greens for drinks and a barbeque!

Saturday October 12th
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Steel Wheel Brewery
105 Powerline Road, Brantford, Ontario Canada

BBQ with local organic beef burgs and beyond meat burgs, potato salad, and some munchies. And of course, the full Steel Wheel selection of local craft brew to go with it! Enjoyable evening of local food, good fun, and generous fundraising.

This is also a fundraiser for the Bob Jonkman federal election campaign!
If you think Bob might be the candidate who will best represent you in Parliament, join us on Saturday night for an excellent opportunity to meet him.

RSVP https://vote.greenparty.ca/rsvp/eve_6d867eb82

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