Friday, April 29, 2011
Green Party TV special
29 apr 11 @ 8:46 pm edt
Green Party of Canada: "May
in Your House" Television Special Presentation
Greens Take Their Story Directly
By: Marketwire .On May 1, the
Green Party of Canada presents its vision to Canadian voters with the world premiere of the half-hour television show: "May
in Your House." For the first time in this election, voters will have a chance to hear about the Green Party's leader,
history and platform. "May in Your House" airs Sunday, May 1 at 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST on Business News Network (BNN)
& CHEK-TV at 6:30-7pm PST, Victoria. A sneak preview is available athttp://greenparty.ca/tv.
Green Party rated most sexy and best on ethics reforms
29 apr 11 @ 8:43 pm edt
Annie Durette, Green Party candidate
Elizabeth May's Green Party scores best of the five
major parties on promised government ethics reforms, advocacy group Democracy Watch says.
Rated on their platform
promises to make government more accountable to Canadians, the Greens got a B- and scored the best in three of the five areas
Democracy Watch rated — efficient government, citizen-driven government and general accountability.
Green Party calls for growing renewable energy
29 apr 11 @ 8:34 pm edt
San Diego County Green Party calls for the immediate closure of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
San Diego County Green Party Press Release/Apr. 29, 2011
The NRC held a public hearing today in San Juan Capistrano to explain to the
public the efforts they’ve been undertaking to increase safety at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).
This hearing was prompted by a history of multiple safety violations noted by the NRC on previous inspections and by the recent
catastrophe in Japan at the Fukushima plant, a plant that is very similar in design to SONGS.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Green Party's Elizabeth May polls 45 per cent
27 apr 11 @ 6:54 pm edt
from Green Party Watch
Green party’s Elizabeth May could win in Saanich-Gulf Islands, data suggests
polling strong for May 2nd election in Canada.
Political observers in British Columbia are split as to whether Elizabeth May's push to get elected in her local
riding — instead of hitting the campaign trail to shore up Green Party support at the federal level — will pay
May has spent most of the campaign in her Saanich–Gulf
Islands riding, saying her main focus this election is to win her party a seat in Parliament — not leading the national
campaign. May is running against longtime Conservative MP Gary Lunn.
Richard Johnston, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia, told CBC News there's
a big payoff if May wins.
"As a party with [geographically]
dispersed support, it would struggle to get a seat. So she chose a riding where she had more possibility than perhaps anywhere
else even though there was a Conservative cabinet minister sitting there and so if the critical point is to get a voice in
Parliament, then that's what she should do," he said.
"And if you think in terms of the ostensible logic of the exclusion of her from the debate, having a seat in Parliament
would ensure that she's in the debate next time. So from that point of view, it actually makes a lot of sense."http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/04/27/cv-election-elizabeth-may.html
Green Party fights for workers back pay
27 apr 11 @ 6:49 pm edt
Green Party leaders Gloria Mattera (left) and Daniella Liebling display a container of Sonny and Joe’s
hummus — a delicious chickpea spread that Brooklynites are being urged to boycott because its manufacturer owes hundreds
of thousands in back wages to workers.
Greens and SPD present coalition agreement in Baden-Württemberg
27 apr 11 @ 6:45 pm edt
Green Party presents coalition agreement in Baden-Württemberg
The Green party and the Social Democrats in the German state of Baden-Württemberg
have presented their coalition agreement. For the first time ever, a Green politician is set to become state Governor, some
call it premier, in Germany.
Governor designate Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) and the leader of the state SPD,
Nils Schmid, presented the 83-page document, entitled "The Change Begins", in Stuttgart on Wednesday.
Under the agreement, Schmid is to become vice-premier and "super-minister" for finance and economy. Otherwise,
so far only ministries have been named and not the ministers who will take them on.
The SPD, the junior partner in
the coalition, will receive one more ministerial post than the Greens. However, the Greens will have a majority in the cabinet.
Poll finds Green Party candidates "most sexy"
27 apr 11 @ 6:42 pm edt
Green Party’s Cora Carriveau (Essex) - Canada's sexists candidate...
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Green Party record high in Berlin at 30% and Germany wide 28%
23 apr 11 @ 10:18 pm edt
Growing Green popularity
Green Party - strongest party in Berlin
Polling firm Info
GmbH has Green Party at 30% in Berlin. Nationwide the Green Party in Germany is at 28% and just two points behind Merkel's
Winfried Kretschmann, the Green Party election winner in Baden-Württemberg, sitting in the garden of the
„House of Architekten“ in Stuttgart. Kretschmanns signature: a green tie.
Renate Kuenast, Green Party candidate for Berlin mayor.
"The Green Party IS the party for the economy
of the future!"
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Caitlin McIntyre, Green Party
23 apr 11 @ 9:08 am edt
Caitlin McIntyre, Green Party, was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Even as a child, Caitlin has been
committed to ecological issues, as evidenced by her letter written at age 10 to then Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon regarding
the recyclability of glossy paper and coroplast signage used during election campaigns.
Caitlin received a Bachelor
of Arts (Honours) degree in Classics in 2007 from the University of Winnipeg, where her academic achievement was recognized
with the gold medal in Classics upon graduation. She was also awarded the Sir William Stephenson Scholarship, which is granted
annually to two students who combine academic excellence with a commitment to public service.
Upon graduation from
university, Caitlin and two business partners launched an independent business operation, called Wheely Green, an ecologically-friendly
marketing company. The focus is to promote and to build networks between businesses which offer locally-produced, fair-trade,
and sustainable services and products in Winnipeg.
Caitlin is currently an administrator at a Winnipeg-based specialty
insurance firm. She is also a graduate student at the University of Manitoba, pursuing a Masters degree in English.
Caitlin took an early interest in public policy. While a high school and university student, Caitlin served for five years
as a community representative in the South District Advisory Committee, which advised the trustees and administration of
the Winnipeg School Division on curriculum development and budgetary issues. Caitlin also serves as the Secretary of the
Green Party of Manitoba.
Rebecca Helps, Green Party
23 apr 11 @ 9:01 am edt
Rebecca Helps, Green Party candidate
As goes one issue, so do many others.
the approach Green Party member Rebecca Helps is taking, as the 32-year-old is focusing her efforts on one issue alone.
top issue is always democracy — it’s why I got involved in politics,” she said. “I joined the Green
Party of Canada because they’re the only party that supported proportional representation and really improving and bringing
back democracy to Canada. That’s still my No. 1 reason, because I don’t believe we can address poverty issues,
economy issues, health-care issues or any of the problems facing our country without having a strong democracy.”
Friday, April 22, 2011
Alan Page, Green Party WTOP debate 10:00 am today!
22 apr 11 @ 8:22 am edt
WTOP radio candidates debate today 10:00 am - Friday April 22, 2011 with
Alan Page, Green Party candidate for
Washington D.C. city Council.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Mary Slade: from local leader to Green Party candidate
21 apr 11 @ 10:05 am edt
Mary Slade: from Beaver leader to Green Party candidate
Mary Ann was raised on a farm in rural London. After completing
her Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Ontario , Mary Ann pursued a successful career in Facilities Management,
culminating in the construction of the first commercial LEED certified office building.
resides in London North Centre where she is a Teacher, and active community member, and a role model for her daughter. Mary
Ann understands the importance of fiscal responsibility through 17 years of managing large scale projects for Fortune 500
companies. Mary Ann envisions an inclusive and progressive Canada. She leads by example and has volunteered her time
to design and help build a Children’s Wish Foundation office, she has been active in the United Way , ReForest London,
and is a founding member of the Thames Talbot Land Trust.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Green Party Growth: Amazing!
20 apr 11 @ 10:03 pm edt
Alan Page, Green Party reported in Greater Greater Washington
Alan Page, Green Party
20 apr 11 @ 7:37 pm edt
"Statehood Green Party candidate Alan Page gave the best response to a question about the the DCPS system of
teacher evaluation known as IMPACT. For starters, he accurately described how it currently works, expressing support for it
as a good start, suggesting that it could be improved to capture critical thinking, and saying he would hold stakeholder hearings.
This would probably fall under micro-management according to Biddle's response, but might help citizens get a better understanding
of this fundamental tool for making education policy in the District."
Alan Page, Green Party, on WPFW tonight 7:00 pm - Wed 4/20/11
20 apr 11 @ 7:02 pm edt
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Washington Post features Alan Page, Green Party D.C. Council candidate
19 apr 11 @ 8:03 pm edt
Alan Page (G) on Mayor's Budget: "One step forward, one step back."
Post: How would you change the Mayor's budget?
Alan Page: Mayor Gray’s
proposed budget was one step forward toward a progressive, more sensible tax system in the District and one
step backward toward increased inequality, because he is proposing to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.
During tough times, everyone must share the load, from residents to corporations operating in our city. I applaud
Gray’s proposal to close the combined reporting corporate tax loophole that allows corporations earning income in the
District to shift their profits to other jurisdictions when they report it. The absence of a combined reporting requirement
will deprive our city of $23 million in corporate tax revenue in the upcoming fiscal year alone, according to estimates.
Regrettably, though, Gray’s tax increase proposal of 0.4 percent for income above $200,000 goes only part of
the way toward changing an antiquated system in which the top tax bracket begins at $40,001. This increase needs to be 1 percent
to bring in the amount of revenue needed to avoid catastrophic cuts to our social safety net.
major error in Gray’s proposed budget is the failure to preserve the safety net (which includes vital services such
as child care and rental assistance, services that people need to survive in our city). Human services comprise roughly 26
percent of the budget but face a withering 67 percent
of Gray’s proposed cuts. Necessary cuts
should be made proportionally according to each program’s share of the budget, instead of burdening the most vital programs
with the steepest cuts.
Alan Page: Green Policies good for economy & grow Greenback dollar bills
19 apr 11 @ 7:47 pm edt
Alan Page, Green Party candidate for Washington D.C. City Council
Election Tuesday April 26, 2011
Alan Page with daughter
Advance Consultation and Cooperation
on Initiatives Affecting Business
As Councilmember, what is your commitment to the business community
regarding consultation and collaboration on major initiatives affecting District businesses before they are launched or prior
to the introduction of legislation and, specifically, how will you implement that commitment?
Alan Page: "I have a commitment to all citizens in the District who will be affected by legislation
I propose, to involve them in the decision-making process. This is my primary commitment as a public servant and business
leaders are members of the public whose concerns are valid and need to be considered as we formulate policy. Where decisions
will disproportionately affect any one group (e.g. specific neighborhoods or specific business types), I will engage in outreach
to solicit input regarding community needs or specific business concerns when formulating legislation or making key budgetary
decisions, in coordination with my staff.
I understand that local businesses are a major employer for District residents
and provide crucially needed goods and services to our citizens (not to mention providing substantial dollars to our tax base).
I want my office to be the most transparent in history and plan to implement a process whereby constituents can sit in on
meetings between myself and other stakeholders to discuss how legislation should be shaped, in consideration of the needs
of all involved stakeholders, including business leaders."
Read more at Alan Page (G) website:
Hear more Alan Page(G) at Fight Back website radio interview.
Alan Page, Green Party candidate for Wash D.C. city council 7 days until election
Alan Page, Green Party candidate in debate tonight!
19 apr 11 @ 7:41 pm edt
April 19th, 6:30-8pm
April 20th, 7pm
- Where: Eastern Market, North Hall, 225 7th St. SE
Ward 6 candidate forum
April 21st, 9-11am
- Where: WPFW, 89.3 FM
- What: Interview with Latino Media Collective!
April 22nd, 10am-noon
- Where: WPFW | 89.3 FM, 2390 Champlain
- What: WPFW Town Hall
- Where: WTOP, 3400
Idaho Ave NW
- What: WTOP Candidate Forum
Monday, April 18, 2011
Joschka und Herr Fischer: New Green Party Movie hits Theaters
18 apr 11 @ 11:55 pm edt
Elizabeth May, Green Party of Canada Whistle Stop tour for High Speed Rail
18 apr 11 @ 7:35 pm edt
The Green Party of Canada's Chair, and leading candidate Elizabeth May is campaign across the country for
High Speed Rail.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May was in Kamloops long before her campaign train arrived at Halston station Monday morning.
May’s Via Rail train, which was due to arrive at 6 a.m., had to wait for an hour on a siding for a freight train
to clear the station.
About 15 supporters shivered and waited in the frosty dawn air as local Green candidate Donovan
Cavers served coffee and pancakes from his catering truck.
The problem, May explained once she stepped off the train,
is that freight takes priority over passenger service. Green policy stresses modernization of Canada’s rail system,
a point she makes as she tours the country by rail.
“We have a beautiful train service, but it’s an antique,”
Federal politics rather than steel wheels dominated the conversation as May spoke with supporters and media
for a half-hour.
The Green Party, which attracted more than 900,000 votes in 2008 but won no seats, faces an uphill
battle against the major parties as well as the mainstream media, May said.
Blocking her from the televised debates
is part of a pattern, she suggested. The decision was made by a private broadcast consortium under what she believes was
pressure from the other parties. Unlike her first whistlestop tour in 2008, there are no major media along for the ride this
time, she noted.
“It’s called voter suppression. They’re deliberately trying to suppress voter turnout,
particularly among young people.” She used as an example last week’s special ballot at the University of Guelph,
which the Conservative Party sought unsuccessfully to have nullified.
Politics has lost what civility it once had,
“Canadians are so disgusted and disillusioned with the old-line parties. What’s really needed
is a party that will stand up and tell the truth.
“They’ve adopted the divisive tactics of the U.S. Republican
Party, and it is win at any cost and kill the other parties. We need to recognize the role of the prime minister is to obtain
a wide-ranging consensus before providing anything. It’s not governing anymore, it’s all about strategy and tactics
for an election.”
May is running in B.C. for the first time in the election in the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands,
where she faces incumbent Gary Lunn, a Tory. The Greens have 304 candidates running across the country, but May is still
seen as the one most likely to make an electoral breakthrough.
“I sense we’re in a neck-and-neck race
that’s too close to call.”
Post as …
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Canada Green Party asks Australian Green Party to pull ad
Aussie Greens' YouTube video may have breached Canadian elections law
17 apr 11 @ 7:01 pm edt
Party is asking some enthusiastic supporters in Australia to take down a YouTube video that appears to be breaching Canada's
The video, entitled Sydney, Australia to Sidney, BC,
urges voters in Saanich-Gulf Islands, the British Columbia riding where Green Party leader Elizabeth May is seeking election,
to vote for her on May 2.
In the video, a man named Mike tells viewers
an elected Green Party member in Australia has made a difference in terms of how "we as a nation have dealt with global
warming and genetically modified food."
when it comes to the election, I recommend that you cast your vote for Ms. May," Mike says.
Several Green Party supporters, many of whom appear to be participating in a rally for the Greens, urge Canadians
to vote for May to help keep the politicians "honest" and keep the environment on the front burner.
"It's important that you get rid of Stephen Harper and you get some Greens in,"
one man says.
Elections Canada spokesman David Rutherford said the
elections act prohibits people who do not reside in the country from participating or encouraging Canadians to vote in a certain
Read more: http://www.canada.com/news/decision-canada/Aussie+Greens+YouTube+video+have+breached+Canadian+elections/4631280/story.html#ixzz1JpB0by3d
Heidi Hautala, Green Party, the Grand Lady of Finnish Human Rights politics
17 apr 11 @ 1:03 pm edt
Coming into today's Finland elections the Greens were in a governing coalition with three other parties:
The Conservatives, The Centrists, and The Libertarians.
Finland Green Party (Green League) received
7.2 per cent of today's vote. Greens will have 10 seats in the 200 member parliament.
The Finnish Parliament is a unicameral parliament. The 200 elected members have a four year term of office.
The Greens finished in 6th place out of 8 major political parties.
% Change P-07 Change M-08
Change P-07 Change M-08 Change Center Party of Finland 15,8 -7,3 -4,3 463160 -177268 -50040 35 -16 National Coalition
Party 20,4 -1,9 -3,1 598369 -18472 -779 44 -6 Social Democratic Party of Finland 19,1 -2,3 -2,1 561049 -33145 +18927 42
-3 Left Alliance 8,1 -0,7 -0,7 238473 -5823 +14303 14 -3 Green League 7,2 -1,3 -1,7 212837 -21592 -15440 10 -5 Christian Democrats
in Finland 4,0 -0,9 -0,2 118514 -16276 +11678 6 -1 Swedish People's Party in Finland 4,3 -0,3 -0,4 125865 -655 +5639 9 0
True Finns 19,0 +14,9 +13,6 559342 +447086 +421584 39 +34
Heidi Hautala, who has been referred as the Grand Lady of Finnish Human Rights politics, is an experienced
Green politician and a member of the European Parliament. She is the chairwoman of the parliament’s Subcommittee
on Human Rights and as such she is the person in charge of European Parliament’s human rights policy in external relations. She
believes in furthering human rights, transparency, environmental responsibility and global justice. During the
past years Heidi Hautala has been known as a versatile, active and fearless politician internationally and in Finland,
where she has been a household name for two decades.
Green League of Finnland with most immigrant candidates
17 apr 11 @ 12:03 pm edt
Young Finns elect Green Party
17 apr 11 @ 11:46 am edt
Finland Green Party wins election among young, those still in school.
If underage schoolchildren would choose the next Parliament, the body would have 12 parties, with the National
Coalition Party and the Green League as the largest.
The Youth Election, conducted at
Finnish secondary, upper secondary, and vocational schools, put the Centre Party in third place, past the True Finns and the
SDP. More than 28.000 pupils from nearly 300 schools nationwide took part in the youth election, which was held for the eighth
Heidi Anneli Hautala (born 14 November 1955 in Oulu) is a leading Finnish Green Party (Green League) politician.
She was the leader of the Finnish Green Party in 1987-1991, and a presidential candidate in 2000 and 2006. In the first round
of the 2006 election she finished fourth of the eight candidates with a vote share of 3.5% (105, 248 votes). She was a member
of the national parliament from 1991 to 1995. After Finland joined the European Union (EU) in 1995, she was elected to the
European Parliament. She returned to the national Parliament in the elections of 2003, and in 2009 re-elected to the European
Milja Maaria Sinnemäki (born July 20th, 1973) is a Finnish politician and a member of the Finnish Parliament, representing
the Green League. She was first elected to the parliament in 1999. She was elected chairwoman of the Green League on May 16th,
Johanna Karimäki Finnish Greens
Maple Leafs coach and Green Party of Finland candidate:
Alpo Suhonen as an assistant coach with the Maple Leafs. He's running for the Green party in Sunday's
17 apr 11 @ 11:39 am edt
Alpo Suhonen Green Party.
We want to wish good luck to Alpo Suhonen, who’s
running today Green party in Finland.
If the name rings a bell, it’s because Alpo
was assistant coach with the Maple Leafs at the start of the Pat Quinn years, 1998-2000. He handled the offence. Then he went
to Chicago as the first European NHL head coach in the modern era. Health problems intervened and he returned to Finland.
He made connections beyond politics too. He directed one of Finland’s big theatre companies for awhile. They
did a version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which sounds like the way he coached Darcy Tucker and others. He also ran
a Finnish jazz festival, and wrote some books. One was a collaboration called The Philosopher and the Coach.
Finland elections today: Green Party chances excellent
Anni Sinnemäki, Green Party of Finnland
17 apr 11 @ 11:34 am edt
Leader of the Green Party, Anni Sinnemäki, hands
out leaflets in the capital
By the end of the campaignSaturday,
the eve of election day, all party leaders had provided a voluntary advance election funding declaration. Stefan Wallin of
the Swedish People's Party and Jyrki Katainen of the National Coalition Party were the last party leaders to do so, declaring
expenditure of 33,000 euros and 50,000 euros respectively.
Google shows one Euro equals about $1.44 in U.S. dollars.
After Katainen, the candidate declaring the most
expensive election campaign was Anni Sinnemäki of the Green Party, who declared a campaign fund of 43,000 euros. In contrast
to other candidates, amost the entirety of this amount was self-funded.
Mari Kiviniemi of the
Centre Party, the current Prime Minister, declared expenditure of just under 42,000 euros. She did not use any of her own
money to fund her campaign.
Leader of the Social Democratic Party, Jutta Urpilainen, used 10,000
euros of her own funds for her campaign. The other 40,000 euros was funded by the party.
declarations on funding are voluntary. By the eve of election day only thirty percent of all candidates had made such a declaration,
which came as a surprise to many following the recent funding scandals. Elected candidates are obliged to file declarations
within two months of election results being announced. The procedure is overseen by the National Audit Office of Finland.
Matthew Friesen, Green Party candidate offers gun
Matthew Friesen, Green Party candidate
17 apr 11 @ 10:02 am edt
candidate offers gun to MP
By Glen Hallick
Posted 9 hours ago
When it comes to the long gun registry Matthew
Friesen said he is putting something very precious at stake.
The Green party candidate in Portage-Lisgar is offering
his Ross M10 Mark III rifle in a challenge between himself and Conservative incumbent Candice Hoeppner.
the Conservatives - despite all of the party's rhetoric - really aren't overly interested in disposing of the long gun registry.
put my money where my mouth is: if the Conservatives do what is necessary to abolish the long gun registry, I'll give Candice
Hoeppner my Ross rifle," Friesen wrote on his campaign blog on April 7.
During the last Parliament, Hoeppner sponsored
Bill C-391, a private members bill to dismantle the registry.
After a great deal of passionate debated and backroom
machinations, C-391 was defeated by the opposition parties.
"Simply, if the Conservatives were serious about abolishing
parts of the registry, they would have introduced the bill as a government bill, and made it a confidence motion. Kill our
bill, 'trigger' an election. That's putting your money where your mouth is," Friesen asserted.
let an MP from a very safe riding introduce it as a private members bill. They didn't take any risks, and neither did Ms.
Hoeppner. That's called political grandstanding. It was done for appearance's sake only, with no care for the issue at stake
and the consequences it might ever have for Canada. The Conservatives just don't seem to care about what Canadians want. You
might call it contempt."
The Ross rifle was originally issued to Canadian troops during the First World War and
proved to woefully inadequate for the rigours of the muddy trenches of in Belgium and France.
Patrick Harvie, leader of the Scottish Green Party
17 apr 11 @ 9:56 am edt
Interview: Patrick Harvie,
leader of the Scottish Green PartyBy Marc Horne
THE Queens Cafe in Glasgow's southside
is one of the last places you might expect to find the leader of the Scottish Green Party. It's a splendidly old-fashioned
establishment which dispenses Bovril rather than Bolivian Fairtrade and the shelves heave with jars of soor plooms, lucky
tatties and parma violets. It's a place where a request for something colourful and exotic is more likely to result in a sauce-swirled
knickerbocker glory being plonked in front of you, rather than a ramekin of organic beetroot hummus.
is determined to shatter preconceptions about his party. As bacon and square sausage sizzle in the background, the lapsed
vegetarian makes it clear the Scottish Greens are now radical and focused rather than woolly and whimsical.
38-year-old, in the area to protest against post office closures, believes the "cuts consensus" of the other parties
has left many voters feeling disenfranchised.
He states of his Labour, Tory, SNP and Lib Dem opponents: "They
spent 20 or more years courting and feting the self-same bankers that are now pariahs. They were all over the likes of Fred
"There is an ideological staleness across the other parties as well as a basic lack of honesty. They
are trying to have a giveaway election and not talking about the cuts which they know they will have to make."
Green Party Rosanne Van Schie excluded from debate, Incumbent storms out
17 apr 11 @ 9:51 am edt
UHLER, QMI AGENCY
Rosanne Van Schie, Green Party
Green Party candidate Rosanne Van Schie excluded from debate. Incumbent storms
out of live broadcast debate
RENFREW, Ont. -- What was supposed to be a debate about policy and not personalities, grandstanding or
spectacle was flipped on its head Saturday morning, as Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant stormed out of a live
radio broadcast, saying she wouldn't participate in a debate in which one candidate is prevented from taking part.
"In my four elections previous, I have never participated in a candidate
meeting where a candidate had been barred, and I'm not going to start now," she said. Then before a surprised crowd,
she stood from her chair, removed her microphone and left the building.
During an all-candidates meeting held by Valley Heritage Radio, moderator and radio host Bruce McIntyre asked
all candidates to give an opening statement before the debate. Speaking last, the MP surprised everyone when she read a prepared
statement, lambasting Valley Heritage Radio and debate organizers, and claiming Green Party candidate Rosanne Van Schie was
misled in order to keep her out of the debate.
than 48 hours before the planned debate, my campaign team learned that the Green Party candidate had not been included,"
she read. "Late last night, we were able to confirm that the Green Party campaign had been misled."
The incumbent MP stated her team was in contact with the local Green Party, who
had been told the debate package had already been set and sent out on Tuesday, and that it was too late for their inclusion
in the broadcast. The Gallant campaign, on the other hand, received their package by e-mail on Thursday afternoon.
"It is pretty clear that the debate organizers are not acting in the best
interests of democracy," MP Gallant read. "To keep the Green Party candidate out, include a candidate with no party,
no plans, and no policies and claim you want a event about the issues is absurd."
"To elevate spectacle over substance does a disservice to democracy. A democratic candidate meeting
must be open to all candidates, with questions submitted from voters posed to all the candidates."
As the MP left, her supporters cheered and left with her, emptying about half
of the chairs set up in the studio.
Joschka Fischer, Green Party, rules himself out of run for Chancellor
17 apr 11 @ 9:37 am edt
Joschka Fischer rules out chancellorship bid
Former German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer
has ruled himself out of the running as a chancellor-candidate for the Green party. The Greens are currently enjoying a ratings
high, already fuelling speculation about potential candidates for the 2013 election.
"I feel very honoured that
people think I could do it," Fischer told Sunday's Bild am Sonntag newspaper. "But that's the end of it. A return of Joschka Fischer into politics
is out of the question."
When Fischer left office following the defeat of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's
government in 2005, he promised he would answer the call if Germany was ever doing badly and he felt the country needed him.
"But Germany is a long way from that, thank God," he said. "Germany is doing great, as is my party."
But Fischer's popularity among Germans has survived his five-year absence from public life. A new Emnid poll published
by Bild am Sonntag found
he was still the most popular Green party figure.
As many as 17 percent of Germans say the 63-year-old would make
the best chancellor of all the Green party politicians, putting him ahead of the party's current parliamentary faction leaders
Jürgen Trittin (16 percent) and Renate Künast (14 percent).
A total of 29 percent of Germans said it
would be a good thing if Fischer were to become the Green party's next chancellor-candidate, but his overall rating as a potential
chancellor is well behind the leaders of Germany's two biggest parties.
Given the chance to elect the chancellor
directly, 39 percent said they would vote for the incumbent Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union, 22 percent would
choose Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel, while only 16 percent would want a Chancellor Fischer in power.
could elect first Green Party Chancellor
Berlin - Germany could have its first Green Party chancellor at the next general election, according to one opinion poll published Sunday.
In several recent polls, the Greens emerged a point ahead of the
Social Democrats (SPD), considered the other main opposition party, with the pair combined scoring 10 per cent more than the
current centre-right coalition.
The Greens and SPD jointly scored 47 per cent in the survey by TNS Emnid, compared
to just 37 per cent for Chancellor Angela Merkel's current coalition.
Merkel's coalition of Christian Democrats,
Bavaria's Christian Social Union and the Free Democrats (FDP) is in power until the next general election, due in 2013.
In the survey of 4,000 voters, the CDU/CSU polled 32 per cent, SPD 23 per cent, the Greens 24 per
cent, the FDP 5 per cent and the Left Party 9 per cent.
The anti-nuclear Green Party has surged in popularity
since the disaster at Japan's Fukushima reactor, and is due to appoint its first state Green Party Governor/premier after
record results in the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg last month.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Green Party candidate Alan Page in Howard University debate tonight
16 apr 11 @ 4:15 pm edt
Green Party candidate for Washington D.C. city council Alan Page
is in tonight's Howard University debate. Alan Page (G) joins the other candidates at 6:30 pm for a debate that is
scheduled to go two and a half hours until 9:00 pm.
The debate is at Howard University, Blackburn Building, the Auditorium.
- "all things hot around D.C." has an excellent and in depth interview with the Green Party's Alan Page. Here
are excerpts then the link.
Alan Page, Green Party candidate for City Council in Washington D.C.
Special election April 26, 2011.
What’s Hot Washington (Maximum Watts Inc.) does not
endorse political candidates.
Alan Page is running for At-Large City Council in Washington D.C, representing the D.C Statehood Green Party. Green
Party candidates represent a somewhat radical change from the norm, refusing corporate donations and essentially bucking
the trend of a two party system. In a country where Republicans and Democrats continue to push their ideological views,
Mr. Page represents those who are thinking independently, which is refreshing.
Why did you decide to run for City Council at Large, and why now?
I decided to run for Council
when I saw a good friend of mine, Kymone Freeman (alongside many others), fight to get a 1 percent tax increase on income
above $200,000 included in the fiscal year 2011 budget, as opposed to balancing the then-$100 million-plus budget shortfall
through cuts to our safety net. The Council shot down this valiant effort eight votes to five. I want to be the sixth vote
in favor of preserving our safety net and seeking to balance the budget through other means. Mayor Gray’s current budget
proposal includes a 0.4% tax increase on income above $200,000, but even this modest increase is opposed by sitting Councilmembers.
I want to be on the Council to fight for those who have the least, as opposed to the other Councilmembers who seem intent
on only fighting for those who have the most.
I have worked extensively with young people through several nonprofits
(Midnight Forum, One Common Unity, Helping Inner City Kids Succeed and more) as well as through my organizing experience
in the arts community. I also worked with the homeowners association on my street to eliminate the open-air drug market
climate that permeated my street when I purchased my home in 2003. Finally, I worked with H Street Main Street to make H
Street NE more amenable to business growth and have witnessed great strides in that area over the years. In short, I have
a lot of experience working with the people to get results and I want to bring that to the Council.
What makes you a better choice than your opponents?
I am the only candidate whose party— the
DC Statehood Green Party—explicitly does not accept corporate donations. Corporate influence has been ruinous for DC
politics, leading to corporations getting tax breaks and tax incentive financing that lines corporate pockets but does
little to benefit the average District resident (and especially not the poorest DC residents). I want to be a voice for
change and my party’s active stance against accepting corporate donations is a great step in that direction. I will
work for the people because I only accept donations from the people. Other candidates either will be influenced by corporations
or create the impression that they may be influenced by corporations when their parties accept corporate donations. I am
also the most progressive candidate in the area of proposing new ways for the city to earn revenue, such as seeking PILOTS
from universities and NGOs via negotiation between the CFO and these entities.
Growth of Green Party fueled by content and social media
16 apr 11 @ 10:37 am edt
Canada's Green Party has a full slate of 308 Green Party candidates on the ballot for every seat in the Federal election
coming in May.
Alan Page is the Green Party candidate for city Council special election in Washington D.C. on April 26th.
The German Green Party saw their popularity rise in three national polls this week to as much as 28 per cent, just
2 per cent less than the CDU.
All these Green candidates and Green Parties share a common thread. Social
media is helping them to grow their Green Party brand.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Green Party: another record high in popularity.
15 apr 11 @ 10:53 pm edt
The Green Party continues to leap in popularity - especially in Germany.
Today's second German TV network opinion
poll shows Green Party jumping 4 points to 23 per cent.
Green Party empower 16 year olds to vote. In Bremen, Greens are in a governing coalition and have already passed
legislation allowing 16 year olds to vote.
Alan Page, Green Party, on Kojo's Show
15 apr 11 @ 10:39 pm edt
go here to hear the Alan Page, Green Party.
Alan Page, Green Party, calls budget a failure of political will, and courage
15 apr 11 @ 10:18 pm edt
Alan Page, Green Party candidate for city council in Washington D.C. special election April 26, 2011.
holding the microphone in the photo above.
"...Under the Budget Bill passed on Friday, DC residents
will suffer the brunt of the incumbents' lack of political will, and courage."
Alan Page, Green Party candidate for city council in D.C.
Alan Page, Green Party
I had the honor and the pleasure of marching with DC Jobs With Justice, United Food
and Commercial Workers Local 400, and hundreds of our fair citizens in Dr. King's memory
up the street that bears his name: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. I was inspired by the experience to complete the
press release below, that outlines my positions for media figures (and fellow citizens) who may be interested in my views,
positions and background. Please take a look:
Alan Page brings Three Core Principles to the race to fill the
At-Large seat vacated by Kwame Brown:
- We are a Diverse City
- Our Public Schools Are Our Treasure; and
- We Cannot Balance The Budget on the Backs of the Poor
WASHINGTON, DC -- In light of a budget shortfall, longtime
Washington DC resident, DCPS parent and attorney Alan Page has decided to jump into the race to fill the seat vacated by
Kwame Brown when he moved on to Council Chair.
"I have operated on the periphery of local politics for seven
years now, since I became a homeowner and a father, knowing at that point I was then invested more than ever in the city
I have called home for almost 20 years, because I need the schools in this city to succeed for my daughter to excel and
I need this city to thrive for my home to be a part of a vibrant community," said Mr. Page.
Buying a home
on then-blighted Wylie Street NE, Mr. Page worked hard with his neighbors in the Wylie Street Homeowners Association to
improve conditions and access to city services for the one-block street. Overcoming an open-air drug market culture, trash,
illegal parking (including stolen cars), seven years later the conditions on Wylie Street have changed 180 degrees from
its prior state. Through this process, Mr. Page learned first hand that the city and the members of a community can radically
improve even the most challenged area if they work together. Mr. Page continued to work with H Street Main Street to help
foster the environment that new businesses needed to thrive in the area. As a result, many new businesses have opened on
the once-thriving commercial corridor, helping it move closer to its former glory.
Now, as the District faces
a crushing budget shortfall, it is time for the whole city to work together to get us past this crisis, without balancing
the budget on the backs of the poor, by attempting to solve our crisis with disproportionate cuts to social services. Since
we currently have one tax rate for income above $40,000 a year, creating a scenario where a schoolteacher and Bill Gates
could share the same tax bracket if they were neighbors in our city, I believe it is also time to create a new tax bracket
so our earners in the top 5% bracket can contribute just 1% more of their income above the $200,000 threshold, to help our
city stay on the path towards prosperity. Understanding that our most successful citizens will expect more efficiency in
government if they are asked to give more to help us all, Mr. Page also advocates a citywide appraisal of where cuts can
be made to eliminate waste and duplication of services.
Mr. Page is also concerned about the future of the city,
beyond our present budget challenge. In light of that, Mr. Page is a strong supporter of the Promise Neighborhood planned
for Ward 7, which will coordinate educational and social services to maximize the chances for academic success for students
in the Kenilworth neighborhood, by addressing their challenges in holistic fashion, from the classroom to the home. This
program is supported by President Obama and is based on the successful Harlem Children's Zone analyzed in the book "Whatever
It Takes". The key success in the Harlem Children's Zone is the elimination of the racial gap in mathematics performance
on standardized tests for students who were part of the Zone, by the time they reached middle school. If we can support
this effort and bring Promise Neighborhoods to other neighborhoods where students face a range of challenges that hamper
their academic performance, we can secure the future of this city. Our public schools are our treasure and it's time to invest
in maximizing their success.
Join Alan Page in his quest to turn this budget crisis around and take us over
the water to a brighter tomorrow.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Solar panels developed to generate electricity in the dark
14 apr 11 @ 9:30 pm edt
Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced Wednesday that they have been able to confirm a new high-efficiency
solar cell design that utilizes nearly the entire solar spectrum.
Translation: They figured out a way to make solar
panels generate electricity in the dark.CleanTechnica says,
In earlier trials, the researchers used different alloys that achieved full spectrum responses but involved very
high production costs. The advantage of gallium arsenide nitride is that it is very similar to a conventional semiconductor,
gallium arsenide, and it can be produced with a commonly used fabrication method involving chemical vapor deposition.
The Lawrence Berkeley breakthrough represents just one path to increasing the efficiency and lowering the cost of solar
cells. Over at Ohio State University, a full spectrum solar cell is also under development, and Stanford is pursuing a new
technology that cuts around the problem of solar cell efficiency loss due to high temperature
In the meantime,
you could just turn any metal surface into solar panels with photovoltaic spray paint.
Alan Page, Green Party WAMU 88.5 FM, Kojo Nnmadi Show Politics Hour Interview
Alan Page, Green Party, Washington DC. City Council candidate. Special election April 26th
14 apr 11 @ 6:41 pm edt
Alan Page is 36 years old. Alan is an attorney, graduate of Howard University Law School.
Friday April 15th, 12pm
- Where: WAMU 88.5 FM
- What: Kojo Nnmadi Show Politics Hour Interview!
Page, Green Party, featured. Alan Page (G) is running for the At-Large City Council in Washington D.C..
Saturday April 16th, 6-9pm - Alan Page, Green Party
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Lisa Bennett, Green Party Ottawa U student running in Timmins-James Bay
Lisa Bennett, Green Party, (20) candidate for federal parliament in Canada
13 apr 11 @ 10:27 pm edt
The candidate is Lisa Bennett, 20-year-old history and political student
at the University of Ottawa.
According to Bennett's Facebook, she has familial ties to the riding.
She wrote that
her father worker as a miner in Timmins and that she currently has family members working as healthcare providers in Kashechewan
She wrote that she is a very active Green Party member on both the federal and provincial levels.
is also politically active on campus.
She is the vice-president of the uOttawa Greens, a campus chapter of the Green
Bennett's candidacy in the Timmins-James Bay riding allows the Green Party to run a full campaign with representatives
in all 308 seats,.
She wrote that she hopes to draw attention to the fact that no matter what age, it is important to
become involved in Canadian politics.
Bennett has been invited to take part in both local all-candidates debates taking
place next week.
There is one on Monday hosted by the Iroquois Falls & District Chamber of Commerce followed on
Tuesday hosted the Timmins Chambers of Commerce.
Young Greens, from left, Ghaith El-Mohtar, 18, Tina Nguyen, 23, and Anika Sparling, 20, rally in support of the Green
Party of Canada yesterday outside the Government Conference Centre moments before the federal leaders’ debate.
federal party leaders debated blocks away, local supporters of the fifth party gathered for food, drinks and lively conversation
at an Ottawa pub.
“In our view, it’s a non-debate,” said Ottawa West-Napean Green candidate Mark
MacKenzie while watching the televised debate on a big screen.
from a youth perspective, from a woman’s perspective.”
Many supporters seemed to tune it out, but a
big cheer broke out when NDP leader Jack Layton said the Green’s 900,000 votes in the last election and no MPs is a
symptom of a broken parliament.
Alan Page, Green Party running for City Council in Washington D.C.
Alan Page, Green Party candidate for City Council Washington D.C.
13 apr 11 @ 8:51 pm edt
Alan Page, Green Party City Council Candidate, Wash D.C.
Green Party, D.C. Alan Page
Alan Page with daughter.
Solar Power Testimony
Before the DC City Council
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Alan Page and I am the DC Statehood Green Party candidate
for the At-Large City Council seat up for election on April 26th. Thank you for allowing me to testify.
Generation Act is a key step forward in bringing the District closer to the green power revolution we must undertake to keep
Earth livable for us all. Relying on fossil fuels primarily for our power in the District is destructive to the environment
we depend upon to live. As a coastal city that contains two rivers in its borders, changes in water levels projected to occur
as a result of global climate change could devastate the District if we do not do our part now to reduce carbon emissions
and cut fossil fuel usage.
I advocate even more radical change than the Distributed Generation Act takes, but
this is a key first step that must be supported. The Act seeks to have the District increase its reliance on solar energy
to 2.5% of the energy consumed in our borders. This amount should be as high as 10%, but this is a positive step towards a
stronger commitment to using renewable energy in the District.
There are several key reasons why we must reduce
our reliance on carbon and increase our usage of renewable, natural energy sources like solar. One, our initial investment
of $200 million to create an expanded solar grid will generate energy projected savings of $70 million a year starting in
2020 and every year afterwards. Why? Because solar energy does not have to be purchased. Unlike fossil fuels, it is provided
for free by nature and requires no money to “extract” from the earth or transport. Two, increasing requirements
regarding how much District energy must have a solar source will lead to the creation of up to 2,000 green jobs in the District
created by solar firms laying the necessary panels to collect the newly mandated solar energy. We should also ensure that
solar firms that enter into city contracts with the District commit to train and hire District residents to fill 50% of the
employment slots created in conjunction with city-contracted projects. We commit to solar energy and solar firms should commit
to our workers.
Alan Page, Green Party
Green Party doubles support in latest poll
13 apr 11 @ 8:21 pm edt
Green Party movin up
New Macleans/570 News poll
A new poll
conducted for Macleans Magazine and 570 News suggests the Harper Conservatives still enjoy a sizable margin of support among
When asked if an election were held today, which party would you vote for, 39% of respondents chose
the Conservatives. 28% said they'd vote for the Liberals and 17% favoured the NDP. The Green Party was backed
The Conservatives and Liberals both faired slightly better in Ontario. 42% said they'd vote Conservative
while 35% would vote Liberal. The NDP and Greens were at 16% and 7% respectively.
The majority of those who responded
to the survey feel the media has spent too much time covering the campaign gaffes and not focused enough on the real issues.
Kate Storey, Green Party candidate, Organic Farmer.
Kate Storey is an innovative organic
farmer, a successful business manager, a committed Green, and a community leader with a solid track record of getting things
done. She holds a Science degree from the University of Manitoba and worked in conservation researching the woodland
caribou herd and later as a habitat specialist for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Kate and her husband raised their
four children on the family farm at Grandview.
As an ecosystems specialist, Kate's work emphasizes sustainable,
balanced and holistic management. She transfers this insight to her volunteer endeavours as a board member and planner,
developing balanced solutions to complex problems. Kate is Women's Advisor to the National Farmers Union and has made presentations
to parliamentary committees.
Kate has a real passion for community service. She is a long-time volunteer putting
families and communities in the forefront of all her responsibilities. She has managed her church board, the school
parent council, and donated her time to many community organizations. She was founding director for the Manitoba Organic Marketplace
Association, served on the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council and the Farm and Rural Stress Line board and is the Green Party
of Canada’s advocate for Sustainable Agriculture.
Green Party success like in Hungry, like never before
András Schiffer, right, LMP’s parliamentary leader and de facto chairman, is hoping to follow
in the footsteps of other green parties in Europe from a party of protest to one of power. Environmental concerns have
never been a priority with Hungarian voters; rather it is the green in their wallets.
13 apr 11 @ 8:16 pm edt
success in Hungry, how & why
|How green can this country
|From the Budapest Times. |
Solutions Analysis: Green is in but Hungry's Green Party, the LMP needs a coat of many colours to dazzle voters.
Green parties are on the rise in European politics. LMP (Politics Can Be Different) is hoping to ride
the wave that is taking the German Greens from one electoral success to the next. But the situation is very different in Hungary,
as the party’s leadership is no doubt aware.
An ecological outlook alone will not only be insufficient to be successful, but if overdone it might be downright
harmful to LMP’s prospects. Making sure that its environmentalism is not overemphasised may be the easier challenge,
however: LMP also seeks to successfully draw former right- and left-wing voters without professing to be either left or right.
This looks like a more promising time to be a green politician than ever
before. Germany has just elected its first Green Party state prime minister, and not in some teeny left-leaning city state
but in the country’s third-largest and second-most-conservative state, Baden-Württemberg, whose population is larger
Voters’ sudden and pronounced predilection
for the Greens in Germany may seem like a passing folly triggered by the nuclear tragedy in Fukushima, Japan (in public perception,
the German Greens’ anti-nuclear stance has probably characterised them more than any other issue), but while the magnitude
of their success in the regional elections might have been thanks to this striking memento of the hazards of nuclear power,
they had been solidly trending upwards well before the Japanese disaster.
In fact, while this trend is most pronounced in Germany, green parties have been gaining strength in other countries as
well. Seeing all this, LMP leader András Schiffer might well have sent a request to the German Shoe Museum for the
sneakers in which popular former Green politician Joschka Fischer first took his oath as the minister of a federal state in
1985 – except, having skipped over a few evolutionary steps, the LMP’s cadres are already much more comfortable
in business attire than their German counterparts were at this age.
LMP is ambitious
its impressive success in last year’s parliamentary elections a series of failures has plagued LMP. Its showing in the
local elections last October was dismal, its events draw few supporters, it has failed to generate much media attention and
it is facing organisational woes and financial troubles.
it was never a real secret that despite its as of yet modest size and the aforementioned problems LMP – or rather some
of its leading figures – harbours major ambitions: seeing MSZP as hopelessly discredited with many voters, it can envision
itself becoming the dominant force on the centre-left. It does not want to be a left-wing force in the traditional mould,
maybe not even a self-described left-wing force, but nevertheless a party that would gobble up many of the voters on the left
that have become alienated from the Socialists and potentially even from politics in general.
Monika Schaefer, Familiar face running for Green Party
13 apr 11 @ 8:09 pm edt
Monika Schaefer, Green Party
Familiar face running for Green Party
By Rhys Kelso
For the third time in a row Monika Schaefer will represent the Green Party in the Yellowhead riding for the upcoming
federal election scheduled for May 3.
Despite not holding a seat in parliament, Schaefer said the party has come a long
way since she first ran for them in the provincial election in 2004.
"More people are becoming aware of the Green
Party," she said. "We have raised our profile. Last election we didn't have that many less votes than the Bloc.
Our votes were just spread across the country more."
Schaefer calls Jasper home and spends her time there teaching
violin lessons, as well as performing. She said she has been a life long activist that has been involved with a wide range
All of those issues play into what the Green Party sees for the future of Canada and the planet.
Green Party envisions a future with a livable planet," said Schaefer. "We want to transition to a smart economy
and a green economy. We see it as all being connected."
Although the party is still looking for their first seat,
Schaefer said she hopes this election will result in several Green MPs.
need a change," she said. "Business as usual is really damaging us. We need to restructure our fiscal frame work
and start giving rewards and incentives to businesses who are not damaging the planet."
Schaefer pointed to Germany
as an example for a country who is making things work with a Green premier.
"There economy hasn't all of a sudden
stopped thriving," she said. "We need to reward those who are doing right and shift the tax over to the polluting
One of the goals for Schaefer is to get more people out to the polls for the election and she said
the opposition parties could be a big help in making that happen.
"We need to do away with the attack ads,"
said Schaefer. "It is enough. People are tuning into the Green Party."
Anne Marie Benoit, Green Party candidate
Anne Marie Benoit, Green Party candidate
13 apr 11 @ 7:56 pm edt
Nanaimo - Cowichan"We need to look towards a sustainable and green future
that would see job creation through alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar. We also need to improve our public
transit systems and work towards improving rail service on the Island."http://greenparty.ca/campaign/59015Green Party candidate Andrew Carkner (29), engineer
Carkner says he’s running because of what he perceives as “serious problems”
facing Canada, which he believes the Green Party is best poised to solve. The 29-year-old engineer calls climate change the
most important crisis facing us, and says the issue is woven into many of his party’s policies.
But Carkner is quick to emphasize the Greens are not a one-issue party.
could have been accused of that 10 years ago,” he says. “But we’ve since made efforts to explore every area
of government policy, and come up with detailed plans of what we could do.”
notes the party’s current platform is over 100 pages long. The plan covers a wide range of issues, from marijuana (the
party wants to both legalize the drug and launch a national campaign discouraging its use) to the creation of “municipal
superfunds” designed to help municipalities fund things like better transit and drinking water.http://www.westmountexaminer.com/News/Local/2011-04-13/article-2424901/Carkner-waves-the-Green-flag-in-Westmount/1
Byron Williston - Green PartyByron Williston
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Previously, Byron taught
at the University of South Florida in Tampa and at the University of Toronto. Byron studied Philosophy and English as an undergraduate
at Carleton University, did an MA in Philosophy at the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D in Philosophy at the University of
Toronto. Byron grew up in Vancouver and Whistler and has been an ardent lover of nature, especially alpine mountain spaces,
from an early age.
For some time Byron’s research was focused on the history of early-modern (17th-century)
Philosophy but in the past few years he has turned increasingly to the field of environmental ethics. The change was prompted
by his recognition that humanity is facing a profound ecological crisis and that we need to change the way we think and behave
if we are meet the challenges this crisis presents. Byron firmly believes that engagement with wild natural spaces is a key
part of human well-being and that future generations have a right to clean air, good soil and bountiful fresh water. This
right places a duty on members of the current generation to change our orientation to nature, which is why sustainable living
is both a moral imperative and a political opportunity for us.
Byron has published extensively in the history of
philosophy, on the problem of climate change, what motivates us to be moral, and many other topics. His most recent
book is Environmental Ethics for Canadians, to be published this summer by Oxford University Press. He lives in Kitchener
with his wife Shanna and their two children, Philippa (3) and George (7).
Legislator joins Green Party
13 apr 11 @ 7:48 pm edt
Member of Parliament
Harawira joins Green Party
Former Maori Party MP Hone Harawira
says he has come up with an agreement with the Green Party to cast his vote in the house in his absence.
Harawira said he had an agreement with the Maori Party following his departure for them to cast
his vote when he was unable to be present in Parliament, however as most of his votes are more aligned with the Green Party,
the Maori Party asked if he wanted to transfer the right to cast his votes to the Greens.
"Having spoken with the Greens I am happy to say that we have reached an agreement whereby they cast my
votes and ask any questions that have been allocated to me, when I am unable to be in the house," he said.
"I am grateful for their support because it means that I don't need to be in the house for
every vote on every reading of every bill, amendment and motion, although as with the Marine and Coastal Area Bill, I will
ensure that I am in the house for all major bills affecting Maori."
Edward Lindsay, Green Party leader calls for Texas Comptroller resignation
Edward Lindsay, Green Party leader calls for Texas Comptroller resignation
13 apr 11 @ 9:19 am edt
Party leader Ed Lindsay won ballot access for the Green Party in Texas in 2010 by being on the ballot statewide for Comptroller.
State Comptroller Susan Combs should
immediately resign her position for allowing the names, addresses, Social
Security numbersand driver licenses of over 3 million Texans to be posted on the Internet. Access to this personal
information was allowed by the Comptroller's Office for over a year without any safeguards in place. Included in those whose
personal information was open to the public is Texas teacher retirees.
No responsible accountant
would have allowed any access to the private information of any person, especially when identity theft is so rampart. I think this
behavior is an outrage and there is no justifiable excuse.
5062 Tierney Ct.
Fort Worth, TX 76112
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Pia Schellhammer (26), Green Party, state delegate elect
Pia Schellhammer(26) newly elected Green Party state legislator in Rheinland Pfalz, Germany.
12 apr 11 @ 11:52 pm edt
Pia is the youngest member of the new state legislature. At 26 she wants to bring a new start
into the state parliament. Pia Schellhammer knows that some won't know quite what to make of her tattoos, and piercings. That
doesn't bother her. "No problem. It's deeds, and work that make the person." Pia represents a new generation
of Green Party leadership. Starting on May 18th, when the new Rheinland Pflalz state legislature seat 101 new representatives,
Pia will be among them.
http://www.bild.de/politik/inland/die-gruenen/pia-schellhammer-mit-tatoos-und-piercings-in-den-landtag-17366580.bild.htmlGreen Party leaders celebrate re-election in Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg,
Martina Feldmayer, Andrea Lehr und Sarah Sorge
Jessica Purkhardt (30), Journalist, Green Party elected to Frankfurts city council
Christiane Hinninger, Green Party
elected new Green faction chair in Wiesbaden city council
Bloomberg: Green 2020 New York City Plan
12 apr 11 @ 11:17 pm edt
Bloomberg: New York City's Green "Vision 2020" Waterfront Plan
Did you know that, New York City has
more miles of waterfront than San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Portland combined? New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a new vision for the city's 520 mile shoreline. The new comprehensive waterfront
plan aims to integrate the waterfront into the daily lives of New Yorkers. The new 3.3 billion dollar, New York City Comprehensive
Waterfront Plan or “Vision 2020” is the culmination of years of planning. The main goal of the plan is to open
the waterfront for parks, economic and housing development, waterways for transportation, recreational activities, and natural
habitats. The new 10 year plan highlights a vision of the future for New York City, implementing both new citywide policies
and specific recommendations. The plan hopes to achieve its goals by the year 2020.
The plan consists of the city achieving
8 specific goals. The first goal is to expand public access to the waterfront and waterways on both public and private property
for all New Yorkers and visitors. For many New Yorkers the waterways are their main connection to the natural world-- providing
a getaway from the daily urban jungle. The second goal is to enliven the waterfront within the means of the adjacent communities.
This may include, creating new various historical sites or attractions creating both new jobs and housing within the city.
The third goal is to support the working waterfront development by means of expanding the capacity of port facilities while
still protecting the neighboring habitat environment, harbors, and reducing air emissions.
Read more: http://greenanswers.com/news/232325/new-york-citys-vision-2020-waterfront-plan#ixzz1JMyPmJGy
Chris Hill, Green Party candidate clashes in debate
12 apr 11 @ 9:18 pm edt
Chris Hill, Green Party
Candidates clash at debate
The gloves came off on Monday when candidates in the federal riding of
Mississauga-Streetsville met in Brampton to debate the issues.
between Conservative Brad Butt, Liberal incumbent Bonnie Crombie and the Green Party's Chris Hill were cordial, but pointed,
as the candidates hammered away at the respective parties for perceived shortcomings and failures.
Butt got the Mississauga
Board of Trade (MBOT)/Rogers Television debate started when he apologized for an "unnecessary election forced upon"
Canadians by what he called the "opposition coalition."
and Hill called the Tories contemptuous of democracy and Crombie accused the government of spending lavishly on things that
don't matter to average Canadians — namely the G20 and G8 summits and the plan to purchase F-35 fighter jets.
repeatedly criticized the Grits, suggesting they'd form a coalition with the NDP and Bloc Quebecois to run the government
if the Conservatives didn't achieve a majority.
"The number one issue I get at the doors is why are we having the
fourth election in seven years," said Butt. "It's because of political opportunism. If we don't form a majority,
they will form a coalition."
Green Party focus on housing
12 apr 11 @ 9:13 pm edt
Green Party focuses
on sustainable housing
YORK’S Green Party politicians put housing at the top of the agenda as they
unveiled their manifesto for the local elections.
The group is fielding 42 candidates across the city on May 5 as it seeks to increase its presence on City of York Council, and it has put the creation of more affordable homes without threatening open spaces at the centre of its vision.
The Greens want to see more empty properties
brought back into use and a focus on fairer rents, while the party has also vowed to fight cuts to York’s youth services
and the privatisation of some social care, which they claim will “lower standards and demoralise staff”.
Their manifesto also commits to targeting
“green jobs” investment in areas such as energy, transport and food production, seeking funding for a city-centre
swimming pool and supporting a community stadium – with the party’s preference being for it to be sited near York
Railway Station rather at Monks Cross – as well as reviewing York’s “inadequate” transport plan to
look at issues such as air quality and accessibility.
The Greens would develop a zero waste strategy for York with the aim of increasing recycling rates, support
a project to plant 50,000 new trees in the city, commission an “environmental capacity study” to assess how much
development the city can cope with, promote food-growing in York and campaign for improved play facilities, such as a city
near new affordable bungalows built to replace the old Discus housing, was selected as the manifesto launch site.
Green leader Coun Andy D’Agorne said: “It
is important we are able to provide the affordable housing York’s citizens need.
“We believe we should do this without relying on massive housing developments
which can encroach on our green spaces.”
Fellow Fishergate councillor Dave Taylor said: “Green Party members are at the forefront of the campaign opposing
excessive Government cuts, but we also believe a new council should be investing in a long-term vision for York as a green,
sustainable, historic city."
Sue Moen, Green Party, sees 'enormous' potential for farming
12 apr 11 @ 9:11 pm edt
Sue Moen, Green Party
Vancouver Island North Green party candidate Sue Moen says the Comox Valley and the rest of the Island
has "enormous" potential to be an agriculture powerhouse.
The Greens are proposing to cut government funding from agro-chemical companies, industrial food production and genetically
They would also slash federal biotech funding
to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Natural Resources Canada.
The move would free up much-needed cash for smaller farming operations across the country, money
that would in turn be pumped back into the local economy, according to the Green Party.
The move would also reduce the use of fossil fuels and petro-chemicals, Moen added.
The Green program would support value-added farming practices, including local slaughterhouses,
bio-fuel production, canning and freezing facilities, greenhouses using renewable energy, environmentally friendly waste management
and local food co-ops for workers and food producers, Moen said.
tax reforms would give farmers, particularly young farmers, to earn a decent living on the farm, and from the farm,"
"There's so much wonderful growing land lying
fallow right now, there are all sorts of opportunities in small-scale agriculture on land ... to larger operations that could
feed neighbourhoods and communities."
Thompson to carry Green Party banner in Scarborough-Agincourt
Pauline Thompson is the Green Party's candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt
riding in the May 2 federal election.Artist and marketing consultant Pauline
Thompson is running for the Green Party in the federal riding of Scarborough-Agincourt.
12 apr 11 @ 9:08 pm edt
The married mother of three was nominated on Friday, April 8, and approved by
Elections Canada just before the 2 p.m. Monday deadline.
"You have to
submit 100 signatures endorsing your candidacy...and we just got our last signature around 1 o'clock," she said. "It
was a close call but I made it."
Thompson became an active environmentalist
five years ago.Thompson said only the Green Party
"has any sort of long-term vision in terms of changing with the times and having technology and industry and manufacturing
move in a direction that's going to be sustainable and contribute to the well-being of our planet as opposed to its demise."http://www.insidetoronto.com/news/local/article/979878--thompson-to-carry-green-party-banner-in-scarborough-agincourt
26 year old Green Party candidate for Parliament
12 apr 11 @ 9:05 pm edt
Monday, April 11, 2011
Green Party puts largest number of local candidates on ballot ever
11 apr 11 @ 11:04 pm edt
Local Greens get most Greens on ballot.
The Greens have put forward the largest
ever number of candidates for the local electionson May 5. In total there are 13 Greens standing which will offer more people than ever before the opportunity to vote Green
in South Somerset District Council elections.
Ben Hartshorn, Green Party Local Contact said: "The Green Party
in South Somerset is the real opposition to the Tory/ Lib Dem Coalition. They may act like they don't get on, but their
policies are so similar it's hard to tell them apart.
"Greens stand for fair taxes for banks and big business
to pay for good local services rather than the cuts we are all feeling. One cut we would make though is Trident.
That would pay for bus services, libraries and the popular recycling centre in Crewkerne."
Cara Naden, Green
candidate for Langport and Huish District Council ward and Langport Town Council says: "I'm standing again to continue
the environmental support for the community of Langport as I'm very passionate about the wider community and environmental
sustainable issues in the district.
"I founded Transition Langport in 2007 where I have been working with my
community in helping to create a sustainable and thriving community for now and future generations."
officer Peter Lansdown is standing in Windwhistle for the first time. He says: "I saw first-hand clear-felled tropical
forest in 1971 and have followed environmental developments keenly ever since. Our 'flip-flop' politics has produced a decline
in our quality of life despite the considerable growth in our national wealth.
"The political problems we face
are not being adequately addressed; from loss of biodiversity to climate change, from pollution to population growth. They
are all related to over exploitation of natural resources. We must take steps now to insulate our local communities from
the worst effects of the changes which we face."
The Green Party also has candidates
for Crewkerne Town Council (Ben Hartshorn), Somerset Town Council (Margaret Chambers), Langport Town Council (Cara Naden)
and Hardington Parish Council (Peter Bysouth).
Green Party: Family Farms vital for intelligent and strong rural economy
11 apr 11 @ 10:57 pm edt
healthy agricultural sector is a key element of a smarter economy, according to the Green Party of Canada’s platform.
MACMICHAEL GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE
Today, local Green Party candidate Luke Macmichael called for a new Canadian
agriculture policy emphasizing organic, local food production and support for urban community food production.
In Ottawa, Green Party Agriculture Critic Kate Storey participated in the national agriculture debate, hosted by the Canadian
Federation of Agriculture (CFA).
“Keeping food production local ensures our food is safe and high quality,
it ensures our communities are supported, and it ensures a stable and secure food supply,” said Green Leader Elizabeth
May. “Independent family farms are the bedrock of our agricultural system and should be supported with programs structured
to encourage more farms and more farmers, instead of promoting corporate concentration.”
Greens are also
advocating a move away from subsidizing costly agro-chemicals, industrial food production and genetically modified (GMO)
The Green Party would cut all federal biotech funding to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fisheries and
Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and ten percent of funding (the amount going to GMO biotech) from the Natural Sciences
and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the National Research Council (NRC).
markets will have an even greater demand for local, organic products. The Green Party would provide funding for farmers
making the transition to organic farming to take advantage of this rapidly growing market,” said May.
needs a government with a new vision for Canadian food sovereignty that supports small family farms, locally-grown food,
and urban food production like community gardens. That’s the Green Party’s vision,” said Luke Macmichael.
Canadians have the right to safe, nutritious and locally produced food, with an inspection system that they can trust.
The Green Party favours a sustainable farm economy which rewards the farm family for quality food, supports
local marketing, protects the domestic food supply and respects the soil, water and air on which our economy and our health
“Without our farmers, we don’t eat. It is that basic,” said May. “These are real
people doing real jobs that matter.”
Green Party: Arms sales to repressive regimes must stop.
11 apr 11 @ 10:51 pm edt
Caroline Lucas, Green Party leader in U.K. parliament
A report from the House of Commons' Committee on
Arms Export Controls, reveals how ministers approved the export of sniper rifles, bullets, tear gas and other crowd control
equipment, just four months before the Libyan pro-democracy uprising.
Britain has provided Colonel Gaddafi's
regime with £213 million worth of weapons in the last year alone.
Over 1000 Libyan citizens have been killed
since Gaddafi launched his violent crackdown on protesters. The report confirms fears that the weapons used by Gaddafi's
regime were bought from the UK.
As one of the MPs who voted against the UK's military action in Libya, Green Party
leader Caroline Lucas has said that this damning report: "lays bare the moral failure at the heart of UK's foreign policy
in North Africa and the Middle East.
"If we are truly committed to upholding human rights in the region, then
we must urgently review our role in the international arms trade - and stop selling arms to repressive regimes.
cannot continue to arm dictators who abuse their own citizens and then try to claim the moral high ground when addressing
the conflicts that those same arms have helped to perpetuate."
The Commons' Committee on Arms Export Controls
admit that British governments have "misjudged the risk" from arms exports, and that since January 2011, the government
had been "vigorously backpedalling on a number of arms export approvals to authoritarian regimes across the region."
Green Party candidate goes door to door
11 apr 11 @ 10:42 pm edt
Jason Blanch talks to an Amherst resident about the pro-rail Green Party platform during door-to-door canvassing on
Hill Street in Amherst on Wednesday. Darrell Cole - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Voters are ready for change
and they're willing to look at an alternative to the traditional political choices, says Green Party candidate Jason Blanch.
This is the second time Blanch has run for the Green Party, with the first being the 2009 byelection to
replace retiring MP Bill Casey. Blanch is back this time hoping to build support for the Green Party in a riding that has
always voted Conservative or Liberal.
"I'm getting lots of support on the doorstep from people who are saying
they want a change," said Blanch as he walked along Hill Street in Amherst. "They are also saying they want someone
to look after the future of our planet so we leave a better place for our children and future generations."
has spent more than a decade advocating for environmental change from his Amherst home while he has also spent time in West
Africa, Central America and British Columbia.
"I'm hearing people like Elizabeth May and they are liking what
the Green Party has to offer," said Blanch. "We are getting stronger and we're building something here that's
a credible alternative to how people traditionally vote."
Green Party issues, Rail dominate candidates debate
11 apr 11 @ 10:39 pm edt
Kitchener Centre candidates debate From left to right at an all-candidates' meeting Monday night
are, Liberal Karen Redman, Peter Thurley from the NDP, Bryon Williston of the Green Party and Stephen Woodwor.
— Byron Williston was grateful just to be invited.
The Green party representative thanked the Kitchener Gospel
Temple for including him in the first federal election candidates’ meeting for Kitchener Centre during his opening
address at the church Monday night.
Elizabeth May, the Green party leader, won’t have the luxury of challenging
her counterparts in the federal debate. She wasn’t invited to participate.
But it was a good thing Williston
was asked to join the panel alongside Liberal Karen Redman, Peter Thurley of the New Democratic Party and incumbent Conservative
Stephen Woodworth, because concerns about the environment dominated the floor.
Green Party with most Women candidates
11 apr 11 @ 10:30 pm edt
The Green Party of Canada is running more women than any other party in Manitoba this federal election.
Jacqueline Romanow plants a
Green Party sign outside her campaign office on Sherbrook Street in Winnipeg Monday.
afternoon was the deadline for candidates to file their paperwork with Elections Canada.
Jacqueline Romanow is a candidate
for the Greens in Winnipeg Centre, and said women have a natural connection to her party.
"I think it's a logical
"Women are, and I don't want to stereotype, but are really concerned about community,
our children and grandchildren, and future generations, and responsibility, and having an approach to politics that is perhaps
less bullying, but more based on fact and concern."
Romanow says many women are also attracted to Green Party
leader Elizabeth May as a principled woman with integrity — and the only major party leader who is a female.
the 14 ridings up for grabs in the province, the Greens are fielding seven women candidates, the Conservatives 6, the NDP
5, and the Liberals 4.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Mountain Party of West Virginia, Green Party affiliate nominates candidates
10 apr 11 @ 8:29 pm edt
From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News.
West Virginia is holding a special
gubernatorial election later this year, to choose a new Governor.
The Mountain Party will hold a nominating convention
on May 1, and will probably nominate someone to run for Governor. The last elected Governor, Joe Manchin, resigned the Governorship
after he was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2010.
The Mountain Party is West Virginia’s only ballot-qualified
party, other than the two larger parties.
It is the Green Party affiliate in West Virginia, and has been on the
ballot continuously since 2000. None of West Virginia’s unqualified minor parties expect to conduct a petition drive
to enter the special gubernatorial election.
Green Party of Canada with candidates in all 308 districts in May elections
10 apr 11 @ 7:44 pm edt
Green Party elects first woman mayor in Schifferstadt, Germany
10 apr 11 @ 6:56 pm edt
Ilona Volk, Green PartyFirst Green Party woman mayor in Rheinland-Pfalz
Schifferstadt in German state of the Pfalz is the first community in
Rheinland-Pfalz to elect a Green Party woman mayor. Ilona Volk had served in the city council as the Green Party chair.
The Green Party mayoral candidate received 63.4 Per cent of the votes.
Ilona Volk, Green Party
20,000 people reside in Schifferstadt. 52.3 per cent voted on Sunday. Mayor elect Volk was
born and raised in Willich am Niederrhein. In addition to her involvement in local politics, Mayor elect Volk works part time
at a local bakery on weekends. During the week her full time job is at a day care center for children.
She has been faction chair of the Green Party in city council since 2009. Mayor elect Volk has been a member
of the city council for the Green Party since 1999. She is a mother of two sons, ages 16 and 20 years old.
Green Party elects Darmstadt Mayor
10 apr 11 @ 6:39 pm edt
Green Party Mayor Jochen Partsch celebrates
Green Party mayor in DarmstadtJochen
Partsch is the newly elected Mayor in Darmstadt, Germany. The Green Party candidate was elected in a run off election
Sunday with 69,1 Prozent of the vote, a historic, and overwhelming level of support for the Green Party.
The Green Party mayor accepts congradulations from his opponent.
This is the first time since
1945 that a different party has elected a mayor in Darmstadt.
In the first round of voting two weeks ago the Green
Party candidate Partsch received the most votes with almost 35 per cent of the vote. The Green Party received about
33 per cent of the vote two weeks ago, and became the strongest political party in the city council.
Darmstadt has a population of 143,000. It is the fourth largest city in the German
state of Hessen. The Green Party elected 23 delegates to the city council on March 27th. Greens will
easily be the largest faction. CDU (18 seats) SPD (15 seats).
Jochen Partsch, Green Party, will be the seventh mayor of Darmstadt since 1945. All six predecessors
were in the SPD.
Mayor elect Partsch is married. A member of the Green Party since 1983.
Elected as Green to city council since 1997. His degree is in social economics.
Green Party pop to top if U.K. approves AV (Alternative Voting).
yes to AV could make the Green party a force to reckon with
The German greens'
astonishing result in Baden-Württemberg hints at eventual breakthrough for Caroline Lucas and Green Party
Martin Kettle, The Daily Guardian
When Ed Miliband did his bit for the alternative vote yes campaign this week, most of the attention focused on his newfound willingness
to share a platform with Liberal Democrats. And rightly so. Yet it was the third party leader on Tuesday's platform, the one
sitting behind Miliband in the video clips, Caroline Lucas of the Greens, who got me thinking too. Because if events fall
Lucas's way, and if her party has the nerve and resources to exploit them, this could be the breakthrough decade for the Green
This is certainly a week for taking Green politics more seriously than most do much of
the time. The reason is the astonishing result of Sunday's two state-level elections in Germany. In the first of these, in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, the Greens were the only party to significantly increase
their share of the vote – up by 11%, thus giving them a share of power with the Social Democrats (SPD). But it was the
other result that really took the breath away. In Baden-Württemberg, centred on Stuttgart, the Greens were the only party
to boost their share, by 13% this time, vaulting past the SPD into second place. The upshot is that the Greens now lead a
state-level coalition government (with the SPD as junior partners) for the first time in German history.
And not just in any German state, either. Baden-Württemberg is an economic powerhouse. It's probably where your
washing machine or your cooker was made, quite likely your computer too, and perhaps even, if you are lucky and rich or both,
your car. That's right. It's a place with 5% annual economic growth, where in a technical sense there is full employment,
and where they make Mercedes-Benz cars. And now it has elected a Green-led government.
vote Green Party
It's worth reflecting on this for a moment. Most of the people who switched to
the Greens last Sunday had previously voted for Angela Merkel's CDU, the equivalent of our Conservatives. And even though
the local state government – a conservative-liberal coalition like Merkel's and like Britain's – was unpopular,
it wasn't the largest opposition party, the SPD (the equivalent of the Labour party), which benefited. It was the previously
unsuccessful Greens. If nothing else, these elections have been a thumbs-down verdict on the SPD. So often the electoral pacesetter
on the European left, the SPD now struggles to hold on to more than one German vote in four. And it is the Greens who are
now in many ways its greatest electoral rival – as well as its most probable governmental partner.
Green Party - "Voice of Reason"
10 apr 11 @ 12:00 pm edt
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May smiles after releasing the Green Party election platform during a campaign stop in
TORONTO — A Green government would bring the "voice of reason"
to Ottawa, leader Elizabeth May said Thursday as she unveiled an election platform that promises to overhaul Parliament.
The Green Party leader, Elizabeht May billed the Green Party platform as a sensible and practical alternative
to the status quo, a holistic vision of government that confronts Canada's future challenges, both economic and environmental.http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20110407/green-party-platform-110407/20110407?s_name=election2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Nora Fueten Green Party candidate in Canada's May elections
Nora Fueten is the Green Party candidate for the riding of Brant,
seen here Friday, April 8, 2011 outside her campaign office on Grand River Street North in Paris, Ontario. Michael-Allan
9 apr 11 @ 10:03 pm edt
Green candidate seeks 'true
Posted 23 hours ago
Green candidate Nora Fueten says her campaign
in the May 2 federal election will focus on the need to buttress Brant's communities through sustainable economic development,
building social justice and grassroots democracy in government, and emphasizing prevention in health care.
like to see true democracy," Fueten said in her campaign office on Grand River Street North in Paris."I am extremely
distressed at the way human rights advocates have been undermined over the years. Look at what this government has done with
the Status of Women council, for example, by taking away most of their funding to make it harder for them to work effectively.
Gus Holt, Green Party candidate
Hello - to those
of you I haven’t yet met, my name is Gus Hoyt and I have been selected to stand for the Green Party
in Ashley in the forthcoming city council elections on Thursday 5th May 2011.
After Daniella Radice’s excellent work for the Greens in previous elections I will be working hard to earn
your support. Ashley has many green businesses and households and Bristol needs more Green councillors to fight to make it
a greener city.
I have always been actively involved in environmental and social issues and am
looking to get even more stuck in if you elect me as your councillor. Currently I am involved in campaigns ranging from the
No Tesco campaign in Stokes Croft to Freebus.
It is clear that, despite kind words, all of the
main three parties are dedicated to maintaining the illusion of economic growth rather than defending their local independent
retailers. The recent “no questions asked” approach to the Tesco and Sainsburys approvals are testament to this.
I hope to stand and ask the questions that no-one else seems willing to. This is vital on all fronts, from protecting
the local economy and jobs to ensuring future food sustainability.
Green Party plan cuts taxes
9 apr 11 @ 9:57 pm edt
85% of households would be better off under
Greens’ land tax, party saysThe Green Party is proposing to replace council tax and business rates with land value
tax by 2012.
Patrick Harvie, Scotish Green Party
More than 85% of householders would see their tax bills fall if council tax was replaced
by a land value tax (LVT), the Scottish Green Party has said.
The party today set out
their proposals to scrap both council tax and uniform business rates in favour of LVT by 2012. They say that the move would
bring in almost £1.1bn of extra revenue annually while cutting tax bills for those living in residential properties
currently banded A to E.
Greens Campaign on Trains with Whistle Stop tour
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, accompanied by her daughter Victoria Cate, right, in
Halifax on Saturday
9 apr 11 @ 9:54 pm edt
Green Party Train Campaign
Green Party leader
Elizabeth May has announced she is once again renting a private train car and doing a whistle-stop tour from Toronto to Montreal.
May started Friday morning and will ``disembark briefly at each stop to greet local candidates and supporters,'' a
news release states.
The party notes that the stops, for the exception of Kingston, Ont., will last ``only about
one minute at each station'' but large crowds are still expected.
May is expected to arrive in Toronto at 6:45
a.m.; Guildwood, Ont., at 7:04 a.m.; Oshawa at 7:23 a.m.; Cobourg at 7:57 a.m., Belleville at 8:39 a.m. Napanee and Kingston
9:14 - 9:18 a.m.; Brockville at 10:12 a.m.; Cornwall at 10:57 a.m.; Dorval, Que., at 11:47 a.m.; and Montreal at 12:06 p.m.
Read more: http://www.canada.com/Green+leader+campaigns+early+20th+century+style/4569511/story.html#ixzz1J58pE6fp
Elizabeth May told a Halifax rally she will fight to be included in the federal election debate until the moment
she's standing outside watching her rivals making their points on TV.
The leader of the Green Party said Saturday that without her voice in Tuesday's debate, Canadians are not
likely to hear questions about global warming or the widening gap between rich and poor.
Green Party Palliser candidate Larissa Shasko.
Party Palliser candidate Larissa Shasko.
9 apr 11 @ 9:52 pm edt
Green Party of Canada Candidates campaign.
Palliser federal election candidates are taking advantage of the nice weather this
weekend and will be pounding the pavement.
The Green Party's Larissa Shasko is going door-to-door to try and meet
as many local voters as possible.
"We've been getting out a little bit everyday, just to make sure that I
am pounding on some doors, and I'm getting my nomination signatures, as well I have crews of people that have been going out,"
Calgary Centre Green Party candidate William Hamilton speaks to supporters as he opens his campaign office.
Green Party's Hamiltion supports Rail
Green Party candidate in Calgary Centre opened his campaign office, declaring that the we needs More Trains, More Tracks,
The Harper government hasn't delivered on Calgary's transit needs and electing a Green Party MP would send a
strong message about this city's priorities, Hamilton said.
"The southeast LRT is a priority for all Calgarians. We're also looking into underground transit projects through
the downtown core that have been on the books for years but have not been developed because they have not been funded,"
"It's time to bring Ottawa back to the table."
The Green Party has promised high-speed rail in major
corridors in Canada, including between Calgary and Edmonton.
The party took almost 17 per cent of the vote in Calgary Centre in the 2008 federal election.
Renate Kunaest nominated with 91 per cent of Green Party Convention vote
9 apr 11 @ 1:17 pm edt
Friday, April 8, 2011
Berlin Green Party meets Saturday to nominate full slate of 60 candidates
8 apr 11 @ 10:01 pm edt
Berlin Green Party state meeting Saturday
The Green Party in Berlin holds
their state meeting Saturday.
Ramona Pop, Green Party Berlin
The Greens are the most popular party in Berlin now. Greens need to nominate a full slate of 60 candidates
for city/state legislature elections in September.
The Berlin Green Party requires, at least half of all candidates
to be women. A third of all Green Party candidates must be new candidates in this election cycle. This requirement
for new candidates goes back to the founding of the Green Party and Term Limits/Rotation requirements.
has a parliamentary system. This means any political party that receives 5 per cent of the vote is represented in the
legislature. Any party that receives one half of one per cent in a federal election receives funding per vote from the
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Adriane Carr, Green Party candidate and deputy leader
7 apr 11 @ 11:59 pm edt
Vancouver Centre candidate Adriane Carr says the Green Party of Canada will win seats in B.C. in the May 2 federal election.
The party, which has never elected a member of Parliament,
is running candidates in all 308 riding across the country.
In the 2008 federal election, the Green party also ran candidates in every B.C. riding but failed to win any seats.
According to Carr, the party’s deputy leader, things
are different this time around.
She noted the party
already had advertising, a campaign strategy, and policies in place before the election was called.
“We are way better prepared than we have ever been,” she said.
“I think we’re going to elect Greens here [in
B.C.],” she added.
Jen Hunter, new Green Party mother running for office
7 apr 11 @ 11:56 pm edt
Eliza Star-Child Knockwood Green Party candidate
Eliza Star-Child Knockwood, Green Party
7 apr 11 @ 11:52 pm edt
The Green Party of Canada
announced its candidate for the riding of Charlottetown.
First-time political candidate
Eliza Star-Child Knockwood is a Mi’kmaq woman from Abegweit First Nation.
film-maker, she has 10 years experience in the industry.
Knockwood is vice-president of
the Island Media Arts Co-op. She is a youth bundle-keeper, committed to carrying on traditional and contemporary skills and
knowledge, Knockwood says.
“As a political representative, I want to honour all my relations
– all people, all forms of life, and the earth in the decisions I partake in. In this moment, honouring the earth has
never been more important, here on Prince Edward Island and around the world," she said.http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Elections/Local-news/2011-04-07/article-2410178/Abegweit-First-Nation-woman-to-represent-Green-Party-/1
Green Party's Renate Kuenast popularity grows
7 apr 11 @ 11:48 pm edt
Green Party celebrates success
7 apr 11 @ 11:44 pm edt
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Green Party in Germany at 28% in polls, just 2 % behind CDU
6 apr 11 @ 9:21 pm edt
Green Party 28
Forsa-Institut is the polling firm.
study released today shows Greens on the way to 30 percent for the long haul
Eveline Lemka, Renate Kuenast, Winfried Kretschmann
The Financial Times reports: "The
Green Party was never loved as much as now. If federal elections were today, the Green Party could well be Germany's most
popular party. ...That means we're just waiting for the next federal elections in 2013, and for a Green Party Chancellor..."
poll shows the Green Party as the strongest party in Berlin. That could mean electing Green Party candidate Renate Kuenast
mayor in September.
German Green Party co-chair Claudia Roth
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Maria Vassilakou, Green Party, Vice Mayor in Vienna, Austria
5 apr 11 @ 11:22 pm edt
Monday, April 4, 2011
Dany Cohn Bendit, Green Party this Sunday in Hungry
4 apr 11 @ 11:52 pm edt
Emnid poll: Green Party at record popularity
4 apr 11 @ 11:41 pm edt
Emid shows Green Party popular.
|Veröffentl.|| ||16.03.2011||03.04.2011||30.03.2011||01.04.2011||21.03.2011||24.03.2011|| ||27.09.2009|
|CDU/CSU|| ||36,5 %||33 %||33 %||34
%||34 %||35 %|| ||33,8 %|
%||26 %||25 %||28 %||27 %||27 %|| ||23,0 %|
|GRÜNE|| ||15,0 %||23 %||21 %||19 %||20 %||21 %|
A record 23% would vote for Green Party.
Green Party leaders meeting this weekend in Budapest, Hungry.
Dany Cohn-Bendit (G) Co-Chair/President of Green
Party in Euro Parliament is seated on the right. http://www.wahlrecht.de/umfragen/index.htm
Green Party favored in poll
Green Party wins majority support
4 apr 11 @ 11:10 pm edt
Canadians want Elizabeth May at leaders' debate, poll shows
Christine Guillot-Proulx nominated as Green Party candidate
4 apr 11 @ 8:50 pm edt
The Green Party of Canada has chosen Christine Guillot-Proulx as their
federal election candidate for the Nickel Belt riding.
Proulx ran for councillor in Ward 6 in the recent municipal
election. The 27-year-old mother of two is a board member with the Sudbury YMCA and Volunteer Sudbury, and works for Thermotek
Greens elected second largest faction in Zurich, Switzerland Sunday
4 apr 11 @ 8:23 pm edt
Greens double votes in Zurich
The Swiss Greens swept past all other parties to a strong 2nd
place finish in elections on Sunday and Zurich. Zurich is one of twenty-three cantons, roughly equivalent to U.S. states.
Zurich, with a population of over one-million people is the largest canton in Switzerland. Two factions of Greens
liberal, and conservative pro-business Greens doubled their vote from the last election.
Stefanie Huber (Greens)
This Green Party election poster says, Zurich needs more Green Business/business people.
Rahel Walti (Greens)
The centre-right Greens nearly doubled the number of seats in parliament to 19,
while centre-leftGreens, consolidated their 19 seats and gained a seat in the cantonal government.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Poll shows majority support for New Zeland Green Party
3 apr 11 @ 10:33 pm edt
The Conservative state Green Party of Baden Wuerttemburg
3 apr 11 @ 10:01 pm edt
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Green Party in Australia, Senator Bob Brown
2 apr 11 @ 11:27 pm edt
Greens leader Bob Brown, Senator and Green Party Senator Larissa WatersGreen Party Australia
"The fact is the Greens have got mainstream support and majority support on
a whole range of issues that we've driven including pension reform, supporting the package which kept Australia
out of recession, high speed rail, bring our troops back from Afghanistan, the push for euthanasia laws which are opposed
by both big parties but supported by 80 per cent or more of the Australian population.
We are responsible players
in the political arena. We have responsible economic policies."
Bob Brown, Green Party Senator
Austrialia's Prime Minister and Green Party Senator Bob Brown.
There were one and a half million Green
voters in Australia in most recent national elections.
Australian Green Party leaders
Prime Minister and Green Party Senator Bob Brown sign coalition agreement.
Australian Green Party Senator Bob Brown and Australian Prime Minister joint press conference.
Brown (G) Saturday interview with ABC news here:http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2011/s3179782.htm
Green Party in Scotland climbing in polls
2 apr 11 @ 9:08 pm edt
A YouGov opinion poll putting the Green Party ahead of the Lib Dems in Scotland for the first time ever, has raised fresh
questions about the decision by STV and the BBC to exclude the Greens from election TV leader debates ahead of the 5 May
The survey, conducted on behalf of the Scotsman newspaper, shows the Scottish Green Party (SGP) with six per
cent of regional voting intentions (up two per cent compared to 2007), while the Liberal Democrats are on five per cent (down
5.3 per cent compared to 2007).
'Others', including Greens, are level-pegging with the Lib Dems on per cent per cent voting intentions in
constituencies. The Scotsman newspaper's overall seat prediction is six for the Greens and five for the Liberal Democrats,
with the Conservatives heading for 13, the Scottish National Party for 48 and Labour for 57.
First Minister, the question is this: who should hold the balance-of-power? There are only two choices - either it'll be
one of the Westminster coalition parties, or it'll be the Greens. Scots have always trusted us on the environment, but increasingly
we're winning support for our positive proposals on the economy and on public services," claims Scottish Green Party
co-convenor Patrick Harvie.
The Greens have been in a key balance-of-power position before.
Yet both STV and the BBC decided to exclude the party from the Holyrood TV leaders' election debates that started last night
(29 March 2011) with the STV programme 'Scotland Debates', which tackled issues like education fees, taxation and employment
during the live discussion hosted by the channel's political editor Bernard Ponsonby.
Green Party for High Speed Rail
2 apr 11 @ 8:57 pm edt
Fired nuclear watchdog endorses Green Party and Chair Elizabeth May
2 apr 11 @ 8:49 pm edt
VICTORIA - The former federal nuclear safety watchdog fired for refusing to bow to political pressure and order
the restart of the Chalk River reactor threw her support behind Green Party Leader Elizabeth May on Friday.
May is an opponent of nuclear power, Linda Keen said the Green leader's fair-minded approach makes her a preferable alternative
to Gary Lunn, Keen's former boss and May's Conservative opponent in the Vancouver Island riding of Saanich-Gulf Island.
"She can represent new ideas, new ways of doing things in Parliament," Keen said from Ottawa.
she is a long way from the West Coast riding, Keen threw her support behind May with a call for increased transparency in
"I really believe we need to have a dialogue in this country about what we have to do to get these
independent agencies back in good stead."
Green Party inclusion supported by two former Chief Executives
2 apr 11 @ 8:46 pm edt
Elizabeth May, Chair, Green Party of Canada
OTTAWA – The Right Honourable Paul Martin
has joined the Right Honourable Joe Clark in publicly calling for Elizabeth May to be included in the national leader’s
In an interview with the Toronto Star, Mr. Martin stated, “Canadians are entitled to points of view
of all of the valid players and Elizabeth May and the Green Party are certainly valid participants.”
went on to say, ““In terms of the popular vote, the Green Party has demonstrated that there is a strong group
of Canadians who are prepared to support that party.”
Green Party of Canada - Elizabeth May fighting for inclusion..
2 apr 11 @ 8:44 pm edt
The federal debate in 2008 with Jack Layton, Stephen Harper, Gilles Duceppe, Elizabeth May and then-Liberal
leader Stephane Dion. May took part in those debates, but will she be able to this time around?
Friday, April 1, 2011
Germany's Greens Prepare for Power, and Major Tests
1 apr 11 @ 11:32 pm edt
Here's a taste to Jack Ewing's Green Party story in the New York Times today. And the link to the
The reporter Ewing, however, seems to not realize the Green Party has been in local, state, and
federal government - in governing coalitions in Germany for 30 years. The Greens ran the federal government
in a coalition in Germany from 1998 to 2005. Their renewable energy laws created then have led to a booming economy
and unemployement figures a third lower than the U.S.
What's different now? The Greens this
year have had successful state elections in Hamburg, Sachsen Anhalt, Rhineland Plfaz, Baden Wuerttemburg, and local
elections in Hessen.
That is 5 of the 16 German states. Greens received around 20 per cent of the vote
in the most recent elections. And can now, for the first time, have a Governor elect. Greens will be
the senior, i.e. larger partner in the coalition.
Another place the story weak: The Green Party
has as it's next goal to conclude successful coalition negotiations over the next month in order to form new governments in
all the cities, towns, counties, and states where the Green Party received the most votes.
The next election major
election goal is NOT Berlin. That election is in September. Bremen holds their election in May. Bremen,
like Berlin is a city-state. The Green Party is now in a governing coalition there, and hopes to increase their share
of the vote.
Schön - Green Party member state legislature Bremen
Following the Bremen election comes more state elections
in Mecklenberg Vorpommern. This is the area just north of Berlin. It is the only place in Germany where the
Green Party is not now in the state legislature. Greens are working diligently to change that for the better.
Then come the Berlin elections.
Agnes Krumwiede, Green Party member of Federal parliament.
By JACK EWING
FRANKFURT — Shortly before municipal elections last Sunday, Olaf Cunitz, head of the
Green faction in the Frankfurt City Council, heard of a poll predicting that his party would score 25 percent of the vote.
He scoffed at the outlandish forecast.
“We would have been overjoyed to
get 20 percent,” Mr. Cunitz said.
In fact, the Greens won 28 percent in Germany’s button-downed financial center. The vote was one of numerous dramatic gains by the Greens in recent state and local
elections as citizens responded to the Japanese nuclear disaster by choosing the party with a long record of opposition to
But the Greens’ newfound clout also raises the question of whether a onetime protest party
can lead a manufacturing economy into a new age of renewable energy.
The most severe test will come in the state
of Baden-Württemberg, where the Greens won enough votes to lead a state government for the first time. The Greens’
next goal is to take power in Berlin, which has the status of a state.
Green Party Sachsen Anhalt state legislature elects Dr. Dalbert faction chair
1 apr 11 @ 10:30 pm edt
Dr. Claudia Dalbert led the Green Party in the state of Sachsen Anhalt to an election victory.
Now Greens have
elected Professor Dalbert to led them in the legislature.
Greens received 7.1 per cent of the vote. They
needed 5 per cent or better to get into the state legislature. The Green Party now returns to the Sachsen Anhalt
state legislature after 13 years absence.
Christoph Erdmenger was elected vice-chair fo the Green Party faction in Sachsen Anhalt state legislature.
Green Party Catholic "choirboy" Kretschmann Governor-elect leads coaltion discussions
1 apr 11 @ 10:04 pm edt
Victory in Baden-Württemberg shows Green Party's growing political clout
WHEN THE ocean plates shifted
off the Japanese coast last month, no one could have guessed it would alter the political plate tectonics nearly 10,000km
away in Germany.
Yet when eight million people went to the polls in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg
last weekend, they did something they had never done before.
For the first time since the foundation of the state
half a century ago, voters from Stuttgart to the Black Forest ousted the Christian Democrats (CDU) from power.
Fukushima fears fresh in their thoughts, voters threw their support behind the original anti-nuclear Green Party and punished
the CDU for renewing its commitment to atomic energy last autumn. Even more surprisingly, the Green Party leapfrogged over
the Social Democrats (SPD) to become the state’s second political force.
For the first time Germany’s
Green Party will head a state government – and not just in any state. Baden-Württemberg is Germany’s economic
engine as home to Porsche and Mercedes. It is also Germany’s most conservative state.
Winfried Kretschmann (G), the Green Party governor elect sings in his church choir.
Petra Kelly, Green Party founder.
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