|Leader of the Green Party of Manitoba|
November 15, 2014
|Preceded by||Alain Landry|
November 15, 2008 – November 22, 2013
|Preceded by||Andrew Basham|
|Succeeded by||Alain Landry|
|Born||October 2, 1983 (age 33)
Early life and career
Beddome was born in Brandon, Manitoba, and was raised on a livestock farm north of Rapid City. He has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies and Economics from the University of Manitoba (2006), and has worked as an administrator at Nesbitt Burns. In 2008, he and two partners started a bicycle taxi service in Winnipeg.
Beddome joined the Green Party of Manitoba in 2006, and soon became the chair of its economic policy committee. He worked on Kaj Hasselriis's campaign for Mayor of Winnipeg in 2006, and stood as the Green candidate for the rural division of Minnedosa in the 2007 provincial election. He travelled by bicycle in the latter campaign, carrying a trailer and sleeping at campsites. Beddome said that he wanted to raise awareness about clean modes of transportation and lapel buttons, as well as the problems faced by family farms.
Beddome was elected to a two-year term as Manitoba Green Party leader on November 15, 2008, defeating incumbent Andrew Basham and third candidate Shane Nestruck. After his victory, he said that he would work toward running a full slate of candidates in the next provincial election. He was the party's candidate for a by-election in the northeast Winnipeg division of Elmwood in early 2009.
He stepped down to focus on completing his articles of law after graduating from the faculty of law at the University of Manitoba in 2013. Alain Landry was appointed interim party leader for the Manitoba Greens in November 2013.
Beddome ran as a candidate in the party's 2014 leadership race, and was reelected as party leader in November 2014.
|Manitoba general election, 2011: Wolseley|
|New Democratic||Rob Altemeyer||4,229||60.72||−3.16|
|Progressive Conservative||Harpreet Turka||850||12.20||+0.89|
|Total valid votes||6,964||99.21|
|Rejected and declined votes||55||0.78|
|ElmwoodManitoba provincial by-election, March 24, 2009:|
|New Democratic||Bill Blaikie||2,325||53.76||−7.75|
|Progressive Conservative||Adrian Schulz||913||21.11||+0.10|
|Total valid votes||4,325||100|
|Rejected and declined ballots||14|
|Electors on the lists||11,907|
|Manitoba general election, 2007: Minnedosa|
|Progressive Conservative||Leanne Rowat||3,790||52.79||+5.42||$22,692.31|
|New Democratic||Harvey Paterson||2,769||38.57||−8.62||$16,563.22|
|Total valid votes||7,180||99.68|
|Rejected and declined votes||23|
|Electors on the lists||12,225|
- James Beddome, Green Party of Manitoba.
- Mary Agnes Welch, He's a spot of Green in the Tory blue, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 2007, A6.
- Meghan Hurley, Environmentalists use pedal power, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 July 2008, B1.
- James Beddome leadership profile, CBC News, Aug 24, 2011.
- Minnedosa Green Candidate 2007 - James Beddome, Green Party of Manitoba, May 8, 2007.
- Biking through riding, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 May 2007, A6.
- Beddome steps down as Green Party of Manitoba leader. Winnipeg Free Press, November 22, 2013.
- James Beddome resigns as Manitoba Green Party leader. CBC News, November 22, 2013.
- "Green Party re-elects James Beddome". Winnipeg Sun, November 15, 2014.