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 Calls on the Government to Use Military Transport to Bring Syrian Refugees to Canada (OTTAWA) - The Green Party of Canada is calling on Stephen Harper to utilize the Canadian Armed Forces to help bring Syrian refugees to Canada by the most efficient means possible, whether that is transport planes or ships.
“Using our Armed Forces in a humanitarian crisis of this proportion is justified when you consider that we do not hesitate in the case of natural disasters,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May, (Saanich - Gulf Islands).
“In the past, we have opened our arms to bring 50 000 boat people, 37 000 Hungarians, and 11 000 Czechs to Canada. Canadian hearts are as big as this country. We are ready to step up again,” said Elizabeth May.
The Green Party of Canada also supports the Canadian Council for Refugees and Amnesty International Canada, who called Thursday for Syrians with family in Canada to be allowed entry immediately to complete their processing in safety.
“We ask for special measures, like temporary resident permits, so refugee cases are treated with the ur
Statement by Elizabeth May on the Syrian Refugee Crisis OTTAWA – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and candidate (Saanich - Gulf Islands), issued the following statement about the Syrian refugee crisis and the recent death of a three-year-old Syrian refugee and others:
“As a mother and a grandmother, I was devastated to see the photo of that poor child. I cannot imagine the unbearable grief of his father, who also lost his other boy and his wife. I offer my condolences to him and his family.
“As the Green Party leader, I expect Canada to take on its share of the responsibility in the Syrian refugee crisis, so we never see these types of images again. Stephen Harper has no credibility whatsoever on this issue, having failed to honour previous announcements. We should ramp up the number of refugees welcomed to Canada to 25,000 and we must do more to end the conflict, including living up to our commitments to the UN High Commission for Refugees.
“The current system is almost impossible when compared to sponsorships a
Green Party Statement for Labour Day (OTTAWA) - Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (Saanich – Gulf Islands), issued the following statement on Labour Day:
“Today, the Green Party celebrates the many accomplishments of the Canadian labour movement. “Unions and labour groups were critical in the advance of human and worker rights in Canada. It is because of the labour movement that we have moved away from the days of child labour to enjoy more equitable compensation, just relations with management, and safer working conditions. I look forward to working with labour and business in the next minority Parliament.” Mary Lou Babineau, Green Party Labour and Employment Critic (Fredericton) and current President of St. Thomas University’s faculty union, continued:
Greens want leaders to meet on Syrian crisis (OTTAWA) September 8, 2015 - Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (Saanich – Gulf Islands) today replied to Justin Trudeau’s letter proposing that all major party leaders meet to discuss the Syrian crisis.
“Mr. Trudeau has my full support for a leaders’ meeting,” said Ms. May. “We need to meet now.”
“The Syrian refuge crisis must be addressed immediately. We cannot let partisan views interfere. Canadians have stood up and demanded that their government do more to help out Syrians. Party leaders need to work together and act now.”
“This cannot wait until after the election. Syrian families must be brought to safety.” Ms. May reaffirmed the Green’s commitment to the refuge crisis and the proposal to increase the number of Syrian refugees to 40 000 over the next 5 years.
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