Keenan is running for MPP in Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte because he is fed up with the current state of Ontario politics and he knows people are ready for politicians that prioritize honesty and integrity over political gain. He is excited to help people realize the power that they have to truly make a difference and to build a better future.
While studying political science at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON Keenan was involved in several campus organizations. Working as a farmer to pay his way through school, Keenan learned the value of growing local food sustainably. He continues to promote local food through his involvement in Fruitshare Barrie, the Urban Pantry Project and community gardening. Keenan continues to work two jobs in downtown Barrie surrounded by a vibrant community of small-business owners and entrepreneurs.
Keenan is very active in the political community in Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte where he has organized rallies in support of electoral reform and against racism and white supremacy. He is also working with a local group to craft an Urban Agriculture Strategy for the City of Barrie that includes expanding community gardens and promoting food security and food literacy in the city.
Keenan is currently serving as the President of the Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte Green Party of Ontario Constituency Association where he has helped in growing the membership and building local capacity for the party. In the 2015 Federal election, he co-managed the Green Party of Canada campaign in Kingston and The Islands and also served as President of the Queen’s University Greens Campus Club for the 2015-16 academic year. Keenan believes that the Green Party of Ontario is the party of and for young people and that it is the only party that can deliver on change in this provincial election.
As a university student, Keenan was diagnosed with depression which contributed to a sense of cynicism and hopelessness. With help from family and friends, Keenan was able to receive the medical treatment that he needs and has found that community work has kept him healthy and hopeful for the future. He continues to advocate for those who are less privileged and do not receive the mental health care that they need and deserve.
Keenan is looking forward to engaging with the people of Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte and sharing stories and ideas over the course of the campaign.