Donald Galloway, a University of Victoria law professor and refugee rights advocate, hopes to represent the Green Party in the upcoming Victoria federal byelection.
Galloway made the announcement in front of the McPherson library at UVic on Thursday, saying he wants to hold the Conservative government to account.
"We need a strong voice in Parliament that will transcend the petty bickering which characterizes so much of the opposition parties' input. We need a voice that will speak up for truth, for democracy and for our future," Galloway said in a press release.
Saanich-Gulf Islands MP and Green Party leader Elizabeth May is currently the only Green Party member in the House of Commons.
"Doubling the Green Party’s caucus will be a much bigger change in the political dynamics of Canada than just sending another Liberal, NDP or Conservative to Parliament,” May said in a statement.
UVic climate scientist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrew Weaver also threw his support behind Galloway.
"Two Green voices would then make democracy, climate change, and sustainability central to the political debates in this country," Weaver said.
The Greens will hold their nomination meeting Sept. 29 to select a candidate.
Galloway was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
He was the founding President of the Canadian Association of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and is currently a member of the executive of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.