Gord Johns was elected to the House of Commons for the first time in 2015. He previously served as a member of the Tofino Council. He has been named the NDP critic for Small Business and Tourism.
After serving one term as a councillor, Johns worked as Executive Director of the Tofino–Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. Under his leadership the chamber grew its membership and doubled its budget. He also helped launch the Tofino Ambassador Program, which offers courses on local ecology and history to residents, aiming to create a greater sense of community responsibility and involvement.
Johns had previously worked for more than a decade as an entrepreneur, successfully starting several small businesses including a natural clothing company. Johns believes that successful business practices can go hand-in-hand with environmentalism.
He is passionate about the environment and helped found and organize Tofino Earth Day and Tofino Earth Week events. He is vocal about the need to ban oil tanker traffic from the BC coast.
He is an active volunteer in his community, having served on many board and committees including with the Tofino Housing Committee and the Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society.
Johns was born and raised in Victoria. His family has lived on Vancouver Island for more than a century. He has three children and is passionate about leaving them a better Canada.