Early years: Born in Oxford, United Kingdom, and grew up in Fredericton. Worked abroad for the National Democratic Institute, a U.S. democracy promotion agency, in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia and Nepal. Also worked for the Canadian government on a campaign to ban land mines.
Education: Has a bachelor of arts in political science from Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Political career: Worked for the NDP at the provincial and federal levels in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Acclaimed leader of the New Brunswick NDP in March 2011 after the other candidate was disqualified.
Family: Married to Margot.
Quote: "If just the old parties are returned to the legislative assembly, the election won't be over. They'll continue to campaign for the next four years trying to hold onto power or regain power." — Cardy making the case for people to change their allegiance to the NDP during one of the debates held during the campaign.