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 ...
Green Party of Canada congratulates PEI voters on choosing voting reform (OTTAWA) – The Green Party of Canada released the following statement in response to results from a non-binding plebiscite to change the provincial voting system in Prince Edward Island:
“Prince Edward Islanders have spoken strongly in favour of change. It’s exciting to witness majority support for electoral reform,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). “Thanks to PEI Green Leader Peter Bevan-Baker for his strong leadership on this issue.”
At 52%, PEI voters supported a switch to a form of proportional representation – mixed-member proportional.
“I urge PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan to accept the results of this plebiscite and take steps towards introducing legislation for a mixed-member proportional voting system,” Ms. May said.
Action on derelict vessels welcome in federal coastal strategy (OTTAWA) - Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), released the following statement:
"As Greens, we will always welcome better protection for our coastlines,” Ms. May said. “This is a three-ocean strategy that recognizes we are poorly prepared to deal with marine spills and emergency response. To that end, investments in the Canadian Coast Guard and marine emergency response are welcome.
“I’m very pleased to see the Prime Minister respond so quickly to a motion passed in the House on Oct. 26, put forward by Bernadette Jordan (MP, South Shore—St. Margarets) and which I seconded. This motion called for a comprehensive plan to address abandoned, derelict and wrecked vessels, including making vessel owners responsible and liable for vessel clean-up,” Ms. May said. “This is a significant problem in my riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands and across Vancouver Island.
Statement on International Day of Tolerance 2016 (OTTAWA) November 16, 2016 - The Green Party of Canada released the following statement for International Day of Tolerance 2016:
“Tolerance lies at the core of the Canadian and United Nations Charters, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the context of rising global tensions due to an unprecedented refugee crisis, tolerance is more important than ever at home and abroad. Extremism, misogyny, anti-semitism, xenophobia and racism have no place in a healthy democracy,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands).
Joe Foster, GPC Human Rights Critic said: “Personal views and preferences are part of what make us human. As Canadians, we share common values of peace, justice and human rights, even though we come from many cultures and ethnic backgrounds. The richness of our country is based on how well we embrace and celebrate these differences, not just tolerate them.”
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Statement on recent anti-Semitic vandalism in Ottawa (OTTAWA) November 15, 2016 – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands) condemns in the strongest possible terms an act of hate-motivated vandalism against an Ottawa-area Rabbi yesterday. A swastika and racial slur was spray-painted across the Rabbi’s door.
“Canadians will not stand for any racist or anti-Semitic hate crimes,” Ms. May said. “We were already seeing a rise in anti-Semiticism across Canada. This act of vandalism was highly personal, graffitied on an Ottawa Rabbi's home. This is deeply troubling. Any hate crime, whether or not it is prompted by the decline in basic norms of respect and civility encouraged by the election of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, must be met with a collective, united forceful response.
"It is time to recall the words of German Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984):