Janet Routledge was elected as the MLA for Burnaby North in May 2017 and re-elected in October 2020. In addition to being the Parliamentary Secretary for Labour, Janet chairs the government women’s caucus and represents B.C. on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Branch of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians.
For more than 30 years, Janet served the Public Service Alliance of Canada, helping workers solve workplace problems, win better wages and improve working conditions. She also represented workers on the federal Employment Insurance Appeals Board, and she was granted commenter status in the National Energy Board hearings on the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
Janet was a leader in the fight for women’s rights. She played a pivotal role in the effort to win pay equity settlements from the federal government and ensuring the voices of women were heard as positions of authority. She was founding member of the Everywoman’s Health Centre, and served for several years on its board of directors.
She has been involved in many non-profits, including CoDevelopment Canada, which provides financial aid to workers’ organizations in Latin America, and Toxic Free Canada, an organization instrumental in helping workers and environmentalists work together.
Janet lives in Burnaby with her husband, Bill Brassington.