I’m Racelle Kooy and I’m the Green Party candidate for Victoria.
During this campaign, I’ve listened to your concerns. The issues I hear people in Victoria raising again and again – the need to address the climate emergency, the housing crisis, the high cost of living, comprehensive health care and the opioid epidemic – are the very reasons I feel compelled to serve as your Member of Parliament.
These issues are personal to me. Climate change came knocking on my door in the form of two major wildfires that burned through my community and displaced me from my home in 2017. With very low vacancy rates, it took some time before I found rental housing that enabled me to settle here in Victoria. I am honoured to now call this place, unceded homeland of the Lekwengen speaking people, the Songhees and Esquimalt, home. Yet I see how people on our streets are struggling with homelessness, mental health issues, and addiction. I lost my brother to a heroin overdose in 1997. This epidemic destroys lives and it destroys communities.
I chose the Green Party because it’s the only party where I saw any vision beyond a single electoral cycle and a plan for real solutions to deal with these urgent problems. I’m not in this for politics. I’m here because I care. I will work hard to address your concerns and uphold the values of honest, ethical leadership.
I was born and raised in British Columbia as a member of the Samahquam First Nation by my Dutch immigrant father and my Secwepemc- St’atl’imc mother. My parents instilled in me a deep commitment to building and supporting community through service. I’ve dedicated my career to this pursuit and it’s why I am running to be Victoria’s Green MP.