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 ...
Elizabeth May issues statement on Fort McMurray wildfires (OTTAWA) - Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), released the following statement:
“The devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray that continue to rage today are heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Fort McMurray, those who have lost homes and businesses, and first responders who continue to fight to extinguish the blaze.
“Some reports have suggested that the wildfires are directly caused by climate change. No credible climate scientist would make this claim, and neither do I make this claim. Rather, we must turn our minds in the coming days to the impact of increased extreme climate events, and what we can do collectively to respond to these events.
“It’s encouraging to see the federal government commit to providing adequate evacuation and emergency aid, in partnership with the Government of Alberta. I encourage all Canadians who want to help to donate to the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-800-418-1111 or online
Green Party of Canada statement on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day (OTTAWA) May 5, 2016 – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), released the following statement on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day:
“Today, as Jewish Canadians commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, we turn our minds to a painful chapter of global history. Between 1933 and 1945, more than six million Jews were murdered by a Nazi-led regime throughout Europe. Today, we honour the brave survivors, and remember those who fought so valiantly to protect and save the lives of others.”
“The world must be vigilant to never again allow such a horrific genocidal slaughter. Today, the Green Party of Canada extends our thoughts and prayers to everyone observing Yom HaShoah.”
Ms. May will deliver an address at the 2016 National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The theme of the 2016 National Ceremony is “The Struggle to Maintain the Human Spirit During the Holocaust."
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Green Party of Canada releases Performance Review of Trudeau Administration’s first six months (OTTAWA) – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), released a performance review on the Trudeau administration’s first six months in office:
The new government of the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau was elected on Oct. 19, 2015 and sworn in on Nov. 4. Today is the halfway mark in its first year. It is too early to give conclusive marks on keeping or breaking election promises, but it is not too early to review how his administration is doing so far.
The grading of a new government needs to start by setting out the context of the assessment. Measured against the record of the previous government is too low a bar. The Green Party never graded the Harper administration, as a string of F’s is hardly a valuable tool. Rather, we monitored, we reported, and we urged Canadians to take action.
Elizabeth May introduces private member’s bill to abolish mandatory minimums (OTTAWA) – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), today introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons that aims to abolish most mandatory minimums in the criminal justice system.
“As we face crises of overcrowding in our prisons and overrepresentation of Indigenous and Black inmates, we need to re-examine the role that mandatory minimums play in perpetuating overincarceration and systemic discrimination,” Ms. May said. “The Supreme Court has found multiple times that mandatory minimums constitute ‘cruel and unusual punishment.’ This private member’s bill addresses the crisis imposed by mandatory minimum sentences. We cannot delay the conversation any longer.