Charlottetown, PE - Charlottetown-Victoria Park MLA Karla Bernard announced today she is seeking the Green Party of PEI nomination for District 12, Charlottetown-Victoria Park, in the 2023 provincial election.
“I first got involved in politics because I wanted to make a difference. As a school counsellor, I saw how systems in our society weren’t set up to support the social and emotional well-being of Islanders, particularly our young people. I’ve also become a huge advocate for Island seniors, particularly those living in public seniors’ housing, who are simply not given the respect and support from the government they need and deserve. If I am re-elected, I will continue to bring the issues and ideas of District 12 to the Legislature, and continue to speak up for those who are too often ignored,” says Bernard
Elected to represent District 12, Charlottetown-Victoria Park, in 2019, Bernard is the Opposition Critic for Social Development and Housing, and Status of Women. Prior to that she served as Critic for Education and Lifelong Learning. Currently, she sits on the Health and Social Development Committee. She is the former chair of the Education and Economic Growth Committee and also served as a member on the Public Accounts Committee.
As an MLA, Bernard has brought forward motions, amendments, and pieces of legislation with a focus on housing, diversity and inclusion, women’s health, mental health, and protecting and empowering youth. “Passing the Protection of Intimate Images Act was a proud moment for me as a legislator. In my former role as a counsellor, I supported students through the awful experience of having an intimate image shared. To be able to empower youth and families in this way was really important to me,” says Bernard
Bernard was born and raised with strong rural roots in Sherbrooke, Prince Edward Island. A UPEI graduate, Bernard now resides in Charlottetown with her husband Ryan, her children Gracie and Hunter, and their dog Xena.