Janet Keeping, Green Party of Alberta pillsarena.com Leader, to run in Calgary-Foothills
Susan Stratton, President of the Green Party of Alberta, is pleased to announce that party leader Janet Keeping will be the Greens’ candidate in Calgary-Foothills in the next election.
According to Stratton, “Political life in the province is in desperate straits. Albertans need someone who understands and can describe a better way forward to run against the premier in Calgary-Foothills. There is no one better placed to articulate these fresh and more democratic directions than Green Party leader, Janet Keeping. Keeping’s “State of the Province Address” is posted on the GPA web site at http://greenpartyofalberta.ca/diagnosis-desperate-the-state-of-albertas-democracy/
Keeping is former president of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership. She has done international consulting on oil and gas regulation and has researched and taught law in several areas. These include natural resource development law, especially the law applicable to oil and gas activities, human rights and civil liberties law and the importance of the rule of law to healthy democracies. She is passionate about social justice and particularly concerned about the growing gap between rich and poor in Alberta, and Canada generally. She was co-founder of both the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre and the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association. She has written dozens of op-eds and blogs on public policy issues.
In Keeping’s words, “I know that Alberta could be a leader in the transition away from carbon-intensive, dead-end, unsustainable paths to something much better. But a tired, 44 year-old PC government does not have the capacity to comprehend, let alone put into action, those better directions.
As Noel Keough who is running for the Greens in Calgary-Klein puts it, “The future will be green, and the sooner we re-orient ourselves in that direction, the better our lives, our communities and our economy will be.” Alberta needs Greens in the Legislature.
Post-script: Close observers of provincial politics will know that Keeping planned to run in Calgary-Fort and started door-knocking there last summer. But with the recent entry of Joe Ceci, former city councillor for much of Calgary-Fort, into the provincial race, in the interests of maximizing the likelihood someone committed to progressive values will win, Janet has changed ridings and urges voters to support Ceci.
See below for Janet’s bio.
Janet Keeping can be reached at:
403 283 8085; 403 383 1356 (cell)
Susan Stratton can be reached at:
403 289 7179; 403 863 5090 (cell)
Janet Keeping is leader of the Green Party of Alberta. Active engagement in politics is the natural extension of Janet’s long-term commitment to human-friendly and healthy environments, social justice and true democracy.
Born in Montreal, as a child Janet lived in Quebec, southern Ontario and the Boston area. She obtained a B. Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971. In 1973 she moved to Calgary, where she took her Master’s in philosophy and then a law degree at the University of Calgary. After articling with the law firm Bennett Jones, Janet co-founded and became the first Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre.
From 1984 to 2006, Ms. Keeping did legal research and public legal education for the Canadian Institute of Resources Law at the University of Calgary. In that position she worked on human rights, environmental protection and accommodation of Aboriginal interests in the context of oil and gas development. She was the Institute’s Director of Russian programs from 1994 to 2006, travelling widely in Russia to organize professional development seminars on energy regulation and policy. During that time, she was named Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law, Tyumen State University, Tyumen, Russia, and awarded the Medal of Service by the Academic Council of Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia.
From 2006-2012 Janet served as President of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership. For the following year, Janet was the Foundation’s Rule of Law Fellow.
Janet has received a number of Alberta-based awards. These include the 2008 Calgary Freedom to Read Week’s “Freedom of Expression Award”, the 2009 “Alberta Civil Liberties Award” and in 2013 Janet was a recipient of “The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal” for her work on advancement of human rights.
Janet ran in the 2012 provincial election for the EverGreens which has been re-named the Green Party of Alberta.
Janet lives in the Hillhurst community of Calgary where she and her husband raised three children.