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 reacts to Speaker Scheer’s Ruling
(OTTAWA) - House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer has ruled against the question of privilege submitted by Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party of Canada. Ms. May argued that the unprecedented use of time allocation by this government disproportionately impacts members of small parties and independents and is a breach of their Parliamentary privilege. The Green Party of Canada is disappointed by this decision, but will accept it and look for other avenues to convince members from all parties to reduce this practice.
“I worked to craft a well-researched Question of Privilege for the Speaker to review,” said Ms. May. “I do still believe that it is anti-democratic to invoke time allocation on every single bill, but of course I must accept the Speaker’s ruling as he is the highest authority. I will take some comfort by the fact that there are other questions related to my Question of Privilege that will be addressed at a later date.”
Green Party defends Refugee Claimants from C-43 - Second Budget Implementation Act (OTTAWA) – As the Harper Conservatives’ work to leave refugee claimants’ access to social services up to provincial discretion in Bill C-43, the Green Party of Canada took action to stand up for them.
Changes made to the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act in the latest Conservative omnibus bill would open the door for provinces to impose minimum residency requirements in order to access basic social assistance. This would affect the most vulnerable people in Canada, including refugee claimants, as well as applicants for Pre-Removal Risk Assessment and Permanent Residency, and temporary resident permit holders that are not victims of human trafficking. These changes have been met with widespread public outcry.
Auditor General Report Reveals Major Flaws in how Conservatives treat Canadians (OTTAWA) –A scathing report released today by Auditor General Michael Ferguson made it clear that the Harper Conservatives’ are failing Canada’s veterans and Canadians living in remote areas.
The Auditor General’s report looked at different federal departments and programs, including Veteran’s Affairs Canada, Aboriginal Affairs Canada, Library and Archives Canada, Industry Canada, The RCMP, and Foreign Affairs and Trade Development Canada.
Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich – Gulf Islands, stated, “The Auditor General’s report has again shown that veterans who have put their lives on the line are being ignored. What is of great concern to me is that Veteran’s Affairs decided to return $1.1 billion back to the treasury rather than help our veterans – it’s no wonder mental health services for veterans have suffered.”
Statement from the Green Party on HIV/AIDS Awareness Week (OTTAWA) – Today marks the start of Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Week leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1st. This week, organizations throughout the country will focus their efforts to raise awareness in order to help stop the spread of the virus.
Following a meeting of global health ministers in London England, World AIDS Day was officially recognized in 1988. Its objectives were to support people living with HIV, highlight the impact of the pandemic and commemorate people who have died from the disease. December 1st also marks the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada.
The Green Party of Canada recognizes the tremendous medical advancements that have been achieved in global efforts to halt the spread of HIV and AIDS and reminds the Government that more resources need to be dedicated towards combating the disease.