Elizabeth Evans May OC MP (born June 9, 1954) is an American-born Canadian politician. May was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Stephanie (Middleton), and John Middleton May. Her mother was a prominent anti-nuclear activist and her father was Assistant Vice President of Aetna Life and Casualty.The family moved to Margaree Harbour, Nova Scotia in 1972, following a summer vacation spent on Cape Breton Island. On moving to the province, the May family purchased a landlocked schooner, the Marion Elizabethwhich had been used as a gift shop and restaurant since the mid 1950s. They operated this establishment from 1974 until 2002. Beginning in 1980, she attended Dalhousie Law School as a mature student, graduating in 1983.Following law school at Dalhousie University, May worked as an associate at small law firm in Halifax. In 1985 she moved to Ottawa to work with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. During this time May helped found the Canadian Environmental Defence Fund with the aim of funding groups and individuals in environmental cases.
On May 9, 2006, May entered the Green Party of Canada’s leadership race.
On August 26, 2006, May won the leadership election on the first ballot. She tallied 65.3% of the votes.She said one of the main platforms for the next election would be to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At the time of her election as leader, May said she intended to run in the riding of Cape Breton—Canso in the next federal election, although she also said she would stand in a federal by-election if one occurred prior to the next general election.
In the fall of 2006, May ran for election in London North Centre, finishing second to Glen Pearson of the Liberal Party. While she lost, May’s showing in this by-election was the best result, in terms of percentage, achieved by the Green Party of Canada to date.
On March 17, 2007, May announced that she would run in the Nova Scotia riding of Central Nova, in the 2008 federal election.
May ran for re-election in the riding of Saanich–Gulf Islands in the October 19 federal election and was successful in regaining her seat in Parliament.She is the party’s only member that will sit in the House of Commons.