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 Statement on World Health Day 2016 (OTTAWA) - The Green Party of Canada released the following statement for World Health Day 2016:
“This year’s World Health Day focus is on diabetes, which affects an estimated 9 million Canadians and 350 million people worldwide. The number of Canadians with diabetes or prediabetes is expected to rise to 11.4 million by 2025, and Indigenous populations are at even greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. This is a health crisis that desperately needs to be addressed,” said Daniel Green, Green Party Health Critic and Deputy Leader.
“We call on the Liberal government to direct Health Canada funding to counter the prevalence of on-reserve diabetes, which is at least three times higher the diabetes rate of Non-Indigenous peoples,” Mr. Green said.
Green Party of Canada calls for ban on private political party fundraisers with cabinet ministers (OTTAWA) - The Green Party of Canada is calling for stricter limits on party fundraising by government ministers following reports that the federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, is being hosted by Torys LLP, a Bay Street law firm, at a $500-a-head, private reception.
According to the CBC, the money raised at the reception will go into the coffers of the Liberal Party of Canada. The reception was not advertised publicly, nor could mention of it be found by searching the Liberal Party of Canada website.
'Panama Papers' show white-collar tax evasion continues; Green Party opposed Canada-Panama free trade deal over tax haven concerns (OTTAWA) - The Green Party of Canada is renewing its call for meaningful action against Canadian tax evaders and countries that serve as tax havens, in light of documents leaked from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm renowned internationally for establishing shell companies.
“The Green Party was the first party to condemn the short-sighted Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement, which in 2012 gave Panama all the luxuries of trading with our country without requiring any reforms to deal with its status as a well-known tax haven,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands).
“The Panama Papers now reveal much of what the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has been telling us for years: that Panama’s lax banking system is being used to hide the wealth of tax cheats around the world. Canada needs to calculate its ‘tax gap,’ and reform the tax system so that the wealthiest pay their fair share. No more excuses,” Ms. M
Elizabeth May visits Site C dam protest camp, offers support to hunger striker Kristin Henry in Vancouver, B.C. (OTTAWA) - Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich – Gulf Islands), attended the Site C protest encampment outside BC Hydro's corporate headquarters today to extend her support to Kristin Henry, who was taken to hospital last night on Day 19 of her hunger strike.
Ms. Henry, who began her hunger strike on March 13 and had been sleeping at the temporary encampment, was unable to attend Ms. May's visit.
"Having been through the physical and emotional pressure of hunger strike myself, I'm very concerned for Kristin’s health,” Ms. May said. “However, I’m grateful to her for reminding us that it's not too late to stop Site C. This destructive project is in clear violation of Treaty 8 First Nations rights. Further issuing of federal permits will continue to violate those treaty rights without serious and meaningful consultation with affected Nations by the Trudeau government.”