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 ...
Canadian Government Must Offer Full Assistance to Detained Citizens in Israel (OTTAWA) -Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP (Saanich – Gulf Islands), issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Canadian citizens, Robert Lovelace and Kevin Neish, by the Israeli Government:
“I am deeply concerned that 18 people, including two Canadian citizens, were arrested while delivering humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. Their flotilla contained no weapons or contraband.
“Earlier this week, I sent a letter to the Israeli Ambassador and Rob Nicholson, the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister. I asked Minister Nicholson to ensure that Mr. Lovelace and Mr. Neish are immediately freed and that they receive full consular assistance. Likewise, I asked the Israeli Government to release all detainees and deliver the flotilla’s cargo to the people of Gaza.
“We need to work towards a peaceful solution between Israel and Palestine. Hope must be restored so that Israeli and Palestinian citizens alike can look ahead to a brighter future for t
Greens Support Ontario Chiefs’ Policy Initiatives at AFN Annual Gathering (OTTAWA) - Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP (Saanich – Gulf Islands), attended the 36th Annual Assembly of First Nations’ (AFN) General Assembly in Montreal yesterday. Ms. May delivered a speech to the General Assembly and was the only federal party leader to receive a standing ovation.
In addition, Ms. May met with the First Nation Chiefs of Ontario, including Chief Fawn Wapioke (Shoal Lake 39), Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day and Wray Maracle, Councillor Six Nations of Grand River. At the meeting, Elizabeth May and the Green Party pledged to work towards the following policy initiatives if elected:
· Repeal Bill C-51: the Anti-Terrorism Act 2015 and the omnibus budget bills C-38 and Bill C-45.
· Fully fund the infrastructure needs of First Nations communities listed in the First Nations Safe Drinking Water Act 2013, and removing regulatory penalties for communities in non-compliance with the act.
Globe and Munk Decision Denies Canadians a chance to hear from all Leaders (OTTAWA) - Statement from Julian Morelli, Green Party Director of Communications:
“The decision to exclude Elizabeth May from the Globe and Mail and Munk debates is unbelievable given that these two institutions proclaim to be fair, open, and unbiased. This is clearly not the case and Canadians need to know the facts.
“Is it coincidental that only parties that support the fossil fuel industry and pipeline expansion are invited to these debates? Add to this that the Globe and Mail has in the past endorsed Stephen Harper – so it is not a neutral sponsor.
“We are not begging to be in these debates, nor should we have to. This is about allowing all Canadians to hear the views from all major party leaders in an unscripted format - Canadians want a fair and open debate.
Scientists Predict More Wildfires, Extreme Weather: Where is Ottawa’s Plan? (OTTAWA) - The Green Party of Canada calls on the Leaders of all parties to acknowledge the scientific consensus that the wildfires and extreme weather we are witnessing today are an indicator of what is to come as global warming intensifies. Forest fires are nothing new and occasionally we have a bad year. "But the extent of wildfires burning across western Canada today is unprecedented: the total area burned by July 5th is the same amount that burned by August 5th last year and the 2014 fire season was the 5th worst of all time in BC"
Claire Martin, meteorologist and Green Party Climate Change Critic observes, “The wildfires burning this early in the season across the west are an indicator of a dangerously parched environment right now, and consistent with many scientists' predictions. Conditions like we have now are expected to increase in frequency with climate change.”