The Green Party of Canada (French: Parti vert du Canada) is a Canadian federal political party founded in 1983 with 10,000–12,000 registered members as of October 2008. The Greens advance a broad multi-issue political platform that reflects its core values of ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy and non-violence. It has been led by Elizabeth May since August 26, 2006.
The party broke 1% of the popular vote in the 2004 federal election, when it received 4.3% and qualified for federal funding. Its support has ranged between 3.1% and 14% since the 2006 federal election. In the 2008 federal election, the Green Party of Canada was invited to the debates for the first timeand achieved a high mark of 6.8% of the popular vote. With just under a million votes, it ...
The Green Party won its first ever Vancouver city council seat in Saturday's municipal election.
Adriane Carr narrowly won the city's 10th council seat, beating out Coalition of Progressive Electors candidate Ellen Woodsworth by just 91 votes.
"It was a close race and I am very excited that voters across the spectrum are behind me. I plan to be a champion for sustainable neighbourhoods and a voice to hold council accountable to the citizens of Vancouver," said Carr.
"This was certainly a team effort where getting out every single vote made the difference. I thank the many wonderful people ...
The Green Party of Canada has a new face in the federal Portage-Lisgar riding. Matthew Friesen, 29, of Miami, has taken over the Green Party banner from Charlie Howatt.
This is the first foray into political life for Friesen, who has lived in various places throughout the riding his whole life and has lived in Miami for the past four years. His reasons for wandering into the political fray are simple enough.
"I think, frankly, I can do a better job than our current leadership," he stated.
And while Friesen said it would take a while for the Green Party to gain ground in the riding, he ...
Longtime NHL enforcer Georges Laraque getting involved with Green party
MONTREAL- Hockey tough guy Georges Laraque has a history of pummelling opponents until they're black and blue.
Now the longtime NHL enforcer is going Green.
Newly released by the Montreal Canadiens, the longtime hockey scrapper is now putting his efforts in service of the Green Party of Canada.
Laraque will announce his plans to get involved with the environmental party at an event in Montreal on Saturday.
A Green party official said he would not be announcing plans Saturday to run for the party in an election, but ...
Elizabeth May responds to announcement concerning interim environmental assessment processes (OTTAWA) - “The new conditions for existing proposals, like Kinder Morgan and Energy East, are certainly a step in the right direction but any conditions placed on a fundamentally flawed system will be imperfect.
It is critical that First Nations' rights be truly respected. As well, having been an intervenor in the KM process before the NEB, I can only support these interim measures having heard Minister Carr confirm that the Government of Canada will make a serious independent effort to review the science and weigh the weak and shoddy evidence presented by TransMountain. In addition, Environment Canada and Climate Change will make its own assessment of the upstream GHG impacts. No band aid solution will work to cover up a broken process.
We will be watching vigilantly to make sure that all new conditions are met. I hope that the interim measures will be adequate to fully assess the devastating impacts proposed by Kinder Morgan.
More evidence that NEB broken, pesticide regulations dangerously ineffective under Harper Conservatives’ watch (OTTAWA) - Following today’s report by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Elizabeth May responded:
“The Commissioner's findings highlight the desperate condition of key regulators following 10 years of Harper rule,” said the Green Party Leader. "The implications for the state of Canadian environmental and human health are devastating.”
The report details major operational delays at Canada's pesticide regulator, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and shocking deficiencies in the work of the federal pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board.
“Conditional registration of commercially available pesticides must be subject to timely and robust review, something the PMRA is simply not doing. That so many neonicotinoids, for example, remain on the market and actively used across Canada having never undergone a proper assessment is simply unacceptable,” continued May.
Elizabeth May responds to landmark ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (OTTAWA) – “Today’s ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal reiterates what anybody who has been paying attention has known for years: Ottawa has been discriminating against First Nations children on reserve. From woefully inadequate and outdated funding models to a system that incentivized removing children from their families, the Tribunal found that that there is ‘sufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case of discrimination.’
I congratulate Cindy Blackstock for her heroic work pushing this forward against a Conservative government that did nothing but obstruct, spending $5.3 million to deny that it was discriminating against First Nations children, even retaliating against Ms. Blackstock personally.
I am hopeful that the new government will swiftly follow the order to ‘take measures to immediately implement the full meaning and scope of Jordan's principle.’
Green Party Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (OTTAWA) - Today, the world pauses to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day by paying tribute to the millions of lives that were lost during the Holocaust.
“We must work to end, once and for all, anti-Semitism and hatred for minority groups,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party and MP (Saanich-Gulf Islands). “It is important that we value the dignity and worth of every person and protect their right to live free from discrimination.”
This year’s theme, “The Holocaust and Human Dignity,” was selected to demonstrate the worth of every member of society and their right to live in a world free from hatred and persecution in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“Today, as a society, we remember the suffering of Holocaust victims and their families. It is our responsibility to keep their stories alive and promote a culture of peace, so that this dark chapter in our history is never repeated,” concluded May.