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 ...
Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (OTTAWA) - Today, marks 72 years since the liberation of the victims of the Holocaust in Auschwitz-Birkenau. The world pauses to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day by paying tribute to the millions of lives that were lost.
“The world must continue to be watchful and remember ‘never again’ must apply to areas of horrifically violent conflict that have potential to become a genocidal slaughter. The international community must stay involved to prevent human rights abuses,” said Elizabeth May.
More than six million Jewish people were killed in the atrocities of the Holocaust. Others were also targeted, including Romani people, mentally and physically disabled people and homosexuals. The day of international remembrance on January 27 marks the liberation of the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, by Soviet troops in 1945.
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Flawed Mydemocracy.ca survey still supports key PR attributes (OTTAWA) – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), released the following statement following yesterday's release of the mydemocracy.ca report:
“Yesterday's silent release of the results of the mydemocracy.ca survey is deeply discouraging. While the report claims general satisfaction with our democracy in its executive summary, it is unable to conclude the same about our electoral system - because it never asked the question. And while the executive summary reports general satisfaction (67%) with our democracy, only 17% of Canadians surveyed reported being ‘very satisfied’, with the remaining 50% merely ’somewhat satisfied.’ In fact, nearly 20% of those polled included 'Don’t like the voting system’ as one of the biggest barriers preventing them from voting.”
Prime Minister betrays Canadians by abandoning electoral reform promise (OTTAWA) – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), released the following statement following a decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to abandon the Liberals' promise on electoral reform:
"I feel more deeply shocked today by this government's actions than any other in my adult life. Thousands upon thousands of Canadians put faith in this government's – and in this prime minister's – direct promise that 2015 would be the last election under First Past the Post. This betrayal is one felt by all voters, volunteers and activists who worked diligently to make this country's democracy fairer and stronger through meaningful electoral reform.
"The Liberal platform, the Speech from the Throne, and the Special Committee on Electoral Reform's mandate made no mention of a precondition that a majority supporting reform must be found. Despite spending millions of dollars on the issue, the government never actually asked Canadians the direct question.
Green Party of Canada Celebrates the Chinese New Year - 綠黨恭祝大家春節快樂 綠黨恭祝大家春節快樂
(OTTAWA) - Gong Xi Fa Cai! Today marks the first day of festivities for the Chinese New Year. The Green Party of Canada and Party Leader Elizabeth May, MP (Saanich-Gulf Islands), join in the celebration by wishing all Canadians a year of prosperity and peace.
The new year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes every year. The holiday has more than 4,000 years of history and is the grandest annual event for Chinese people.
“Today we take time to acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of Chinese-Canadians and the role their vibrant culture plays in shaping our country. May the year of the Rooster bring happiness and prosperity to all,” May said.