Gord Johns (NDP, Courtenay—Alberni) is a longtime green entrepreneur and advocate for environmental accountability, coastal protection, oceans and Indigenous rights. He was a founding member of the Victoria-based Green Collective, a group of locally-owned and operated businesses focused on sustainable products. He ran his own natural clothing store and a bike rental business for over 10 years. Elected to Tofino council in 2008, Johns’ environmental leadership included helping to develop hiking and cycling trail networks in the area.
Elected MP in 2015, Johns has served as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans and as a member of the All-Party Climate Caucus. As an MP, Johns is a strong voice on local and national environmental challenges, intervening in the House of Commons and committee frequently on issues from oceans pollution, to fish farms to environmental racism to active transit. He is the founder and co-sponsor of UNESCO Biosphere Day on Parliament Hill and, in the last session of Parliament, brought forward a private member’s bill on a national cycling strategy.