Dr. Jennifer Purdy is a family medicine physician who recently retired from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) after over 23 years in the Regular Force. She lives in Ottawa, with her husband Bill Whelan, on a small farm. She currently provides medical care at Lifestyle Medicine in Kanata.
Jen grew up in Kanata, Ontario, attended Queen’s University for two years in Nursing Science, and then joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1994. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours; English Literature) at the Royal Military College of Canada. She worked as a Health Care Administration Officer in Quebec, British Columbia and Saskatchewan for six years before starting medical school at the University of Ottawa, where she subsequently completed her residency in Family Medicine. She worked as a family physician in the CAF in Trenton, Petawawa and Ottawa before retiring in 2018.
Jen is running for the Green Party of Canada because of her deep concern about climate change and its impact on all Canadians. She has taken actions on an individual level to minimize her environmental footprint, but she is inspired by the Green Party to take the next step. She aspires to work in Parliament to protect Canada and Canadians against the impacts of an unchecked climate crisis.
Jen knows that climate change is an emergency and that we now have only a few years to take decisive action to protect against the growing number of forest fires, floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters that we are seeing across the country and around the world. But Jen also knows climate change is just part of the equation, and strongly supports policies to create affordable childcare spaces, grow our green tech sector, provide a Guaranteed Livable Income to ensure a more equal society, and take concrete actions to address the opioid epidemic.
Jennifer Purdy (Green Party Candidate for Kanata-Carleton)
Canadians in this election, more than ever, can vote from hope and from conviction, not from fear.