Steven Guilbeault is a politician who has served as the Minister of environment and climate change in Canada. He is a member of the liberal party and he has been a member of the parliament since the 2019's federal election.
The politician had represented Laurier-Sainte-Marie riding in Montreal in the house of commons. He is also the founding member of the Equiterre which is a Quebec environmental organization. Steven has also been the director and campaign manager of the Greenpeace Quebec Chapter for 10 years.
He stood down as the senior director and spokesperson of Equiterre in November of 2018. A year later, he was nominated as the federal Liberal candidate in July 2019. The politician has been heavily criticized after being the minister given his past.
Steven Guilbeault Bio
Steven Guilbeault was born on 9 June of the year 1970 in a place called La Tuque in Canda. The politician comes from a humble background being the son of a butcher. He hails of French Canadian descent. His maternal grandmother, Edna O'Farrell, was an Irish Canadian woman.
He as five years old had refused to get down from a tree that he had climbed in his hometown of La Tuque. He had done this in an effort to block a land developer from clearing a wooded area behind his home. The tree was chopped down a few days later. But the incident is cited by Steven as the genesis of his environmental activism.
He had studied computer science at CEGEP. He enrolled at the Université de Montréal in 1989 in industrial relations. He switched his major to political science a year into university. He minored in theology at there and explored questions of international morality, liberation theology, poverty, and the environment.
Steven became the president of his faculty's student association at his University. He also took part in activities organized by Equitas aka the Canadian Human Rights Foundation. He was equally active in the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec.
There, he made the acquaintance of François Rebello and Nicolas Girard, two other future politicians at the time. Steven was a part of the Groupe de recherche en intérêt public as well. He also created out of the protest movement spearheaded by Ralph Nader, the renowned American consumer advocate.
Who Is Steven Guilbeault Wife?
Steven Guilbeault does not appear married at the moment. Hence he does not have a wife. He reportedly has a girlfriend with whom he is in a committed relationship. The woman the politician is dating is Renee-Ann Blais.
Her name is the extent of their relationship made known to the public. There has been no information about Renee's profession or personal life so far. Steven and she prefer to keep their relationship private.
Why Was The Environment Minister Arrested?
Steven has been criticized by many people for being the minister of Canada. He used to be best-known for his civil disobedience act. Premier Jason Kenney has said that he finds Steven’s appointment a very problematic issue. Kenny has said:
His own personal background and track record on these issues suggests someone who is more an absolutist than a pragmatist when it comes to finding solutions
Steven is disappointed in this statement Kenney. He has said that Kenny won't be in Glasgow, Scotland next week for the COP26 climate summit. The other premiers are attending the summit.
Steven was taken into custody by Toronto police after scaling the CN Tower in July 2001 (Source: National Post)
While working for Greenpeace, he and another activist had climbed 340 meters up the side of the tower in 2001. The two unfurled a banner that read Canada and Bush Climate Killers. The banner was intended to put pressure on the federal government to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
Steven has responded to the backlash as well. He has denied having a secret agenda as environment minister. He has also said the government's plan to fight climate change is pretty clear. Well, the future holds the answer to the question of how good of a minister he is.