UPDATED: Canadian Green Party gains second Member of Parliament

UPDATED: Independent Thunder Bay MP Bruce Hyer has announced that he is joining the Green Party of Canada (story at CBC News).

Rumours are going around speculating that Independent Thunder Bay MP Bruce Hyer may be joining the Green Party of Canada as soon as this Friday!
English: Bruce Hyer, Canadian Member of Parlia...
This move would give the Canadian greens its second seat in the Canadian House of Commons after party leader Elizabeth May.

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Georges Laraque, former NHL enforcer poised to run for Greens in Montreal by-election

English: Georges Laraque

English: Georges Laraque (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to The Globe and Mail, Green Party of Canada deputy leader Georges Laraque is going to run in a Montreal, Quebec area by-election. In Canada a by-election is a special election to fill a seat in the House of Commons between elections. The big announcement is planned for tomorrow morning.

The party has issued a statement saying there will be an announcement tomorrow at a reception hall “regarding the riding of Bourassa.”

The seat was vacated when Bourassa Liberal MP Denis Coderre resigned to run for mayor.


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Green Party of PEI appoints interim leader

The Green Party of Prince Edward Island, Canada has appointed an interim leader.

Green Party of Prince Edward Island

Green Party of Prince Edward Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Darcie Lanthier a businesswoman from Mermaid, PEI was appointed as interim leader by the party. She replaces Sharon Labchuk who resigned a few days ago after leading the party for seven years, and establishing it as the province’s third party, ahead of the long-established New Democratic Party and newcomer Island Party.

“I just really want to deeply participate in moving the Green party forward,” Lanthier said in an interview Tuesday.

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Green Party of PEI looks for new leader as Sharon Labchuk resigns

Sharon Labchuck, leader of the Green Party of Prince Edward Island, in Canada, has resigned the leadership after leading the provincial political party for seven years.

Reports indicate there are several people interested in running for the leadership including Peter Bevan-Baker. Labchuk established the party as the province’s third party in two elections, beating out the long-lived NDP.

Sharon Labchuk announced Thursday she was stepping down as leader after a seven-year run. Bevan-Baker told CBC News he’s looking at the leadership, but hasn’t made a decision yet.”

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Robocall scandal hits Canada

Heraldic badges of the Canadian government

A scandal has broken out that has directly affected Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May‘s own riding. [See press release.] The governing Conservative Party is being charged with making robocalls and live calls to voters in ridings where the opposition had seats, and misdirecting their voters to false Elections Canada polling stations.

There are live callers coming forward with reports to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on this being done. Elections Canada is investigating, and there are calls for a public inquiry.

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Her First Speech

Elizabeth May, OC, MP the Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich–Gulf Islands gave her first speech.

Elizabeth May, Green Party of Canada

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Mr. Speaker, it is my great pleasure to congratulate you on your victory today and to commend, as well, the honourable members who all spoke so eloquently of the dreams we share for a House of Commons that lives up to the aspirations of the citizens of Canada, who desire nothing more than that they can allow their children to watch question period without fear of learning bad habits.

I have heard such good and strong sentiments today, and I want to speak personally to you, Mr. Speaker.

Congratulations. Today I am very proud of your efforts and your hard work. When the time came to elect a new speaker, the members decided to elect someone quite young.

I am speaking frankly. We know you are a young Speaker, but this is a young House. We have more young members of Parliament than we have had before and, as the only woman leader of a federal political party, I note with pride we have more women, at 25%, in the House of Commons.

Perhaps with this new spirit of co-operation we can indeed deliver greater decorum, greater co-operation and greater respect. I am very proud to join the leader of the official opposition in pledging that my entire caucus will not heckle.

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The Great Debate about Debates

Green Party leader, Elizabeth May

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So Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada applied to the Federal Court of Appeals to review the decision of the broadcast consortium to not allow her in the debates. They ruled against her and said that they won’t decide the case -before- the debate.

However, today Ontario-based TV station CHCH announced that they would host a panel show allowing Elizabeth to speak.

As well yesterday the party released its election platform.

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Elizabeth May goes to court

The Green Party of Canada and Elizabeth May are going to court to challenge her exclusion from the televised party leader’s debates that occur in Canada during each election. The debates are organized by a consortium of the television networks.

May was in the debate in 2008.

The Ombudsman of Canada’s public broadcaster the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is backing May in his new blog post. As well some of the non-teleivsion media are also supporting May.

The party’s own petition has over 100,000 signatures. More info. It is expected ousted nuclear watchdog Linda Keen will endorse Elizabeth May.

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