Vancouver Green Party wins first city council seat

November 25, 2011 in International Greens

From in Vancouver, Canada:

Adriane Carr calls her win in the Vancouver civic election last weekend a “victory for democracy”.

On a budget of about $15,000, the Green candidate managed to secure a city council seat, narrowly beating out COPE councillor Ellen Woodsworth by 91 votes. The win marks the first city council spot for the Green party in Vancouver.

“We did not have a big campaign budget nor a huge machine like the other parties,” Carr told the Straight in a phone interview today (November 24). “It’s exciting to me to think that you don’t need to have that kind of budget to win.”

Carr also concedes that her win was the culmination of seven previous election campaigns at various political levels, including her latest bid in the federal election in March.

“What I counted on, and I think what also came into play, was that this was the culmination of many campaigns,” she said. “So my name has been out there, people have seen me in the public eye, so I believe that the raising of my profile over so many years contributed to my success this time.”

A few days after the suspenseful election night, which she said had people in her campaign office pacing around and biting their nails, Carr still sounds elated with the victory.

“After almost 30 years of working in Green politics, and running in seven elections, well this was my eighth, the joy was truly just unbelievable,” she said.

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1 response to Vancouver Green Party wins first city council seat

  1. This is fantastic! I’m glad to see the Canadian Green Party continue to grow. We need to seriously capitalize on the momentum here in the States and win some State and Congressional Seat next year. I’d be great to get a detailed account of how Carr campaigned (door-to-door technique, callings, fliers, media, etc.). It is important to note how a message can overcome lack of funding.

    In 2000 Nader got 1/10th of th votes Gore and Bush got with 1/100th of the funding. Thats 10x more effective per dollar.