Roberts captures Green Party nod

Former CBC Radio host nominated to represent Greens in Victoria riding

  • Feb. 4, 2015 12:00 p.m.

A former CBC Radio host is stepping on to the other side of the political spotlight.

Jo-Ann Roberts, former host of CBC Radio One’s All Points West, was confirmed on the weekend as the Green Party candidate for Victoria for the 2015 federal election. The party’s Victoria electoral district association executive voted unanimously in support of Roberts, the lone applicant for the candidacy.

“I am excited and honoured for this opportunity to work for my community alongside Elizabeth May to restore Canadian democracy,” Roberts said. “As a Green MP, I can represent people above party. Hyper-partisanship has divided Canadians and alienated nearly half of eligible voters. I want to give people a reason to return to the national conversation. Engaging disenchanted Canadians is how we will overcome the problems facing our democracy.”

The Green Party leader welcomed the chance to work with Roberts, who she said put the future of public broadcasting and the country above her own career as a broadcaster.

“I am so thrilled that Jo-Ann will be the Green candidate in Victoria,” said May. “For years, she has been the voice of Victoria through the radio. Now, she can be the voice of Victoria in Parliament.”