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First Green elected to provincial legislature in Prince Edward Island, Canada

p peter bevan bakerFrom the Canadian Broadcasting Company:

Peter Bevan-Baker has made P.E.I. political history by winning the Green Party’s first seat in the P.E.I. legislature.

Bevan-Baker was winning his district with an 900-vote lead over incumbent Liberal Valerie Docherty, who was at 1,001 votes with 11 of 12 polls reporting. Bevan-Baker dominated the district, taking 54 per cent of the votes.

With his win, it appears the party’s strategy to put all its efforts and resources toward getting him elected was a good move.

In this, the third election for the Green Party in P.E.I., the small-party tactic of putting all their resources behind Bevan-Baker had reasonable precedents. It worked for federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, and recently in New Brunswick and B.C., where David Coon and Andrew Weaver, respectively, won their seats. Continue Reading

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Vancouver elects 4 Greens to city government

From the Canadian Broadcasting Company:

The Green party is celebrating what it called an historic win in Vancouver’s civic election, a vote that saw the largest Green caucus ever elected assert its place on council and the city’s park and school boards.

Four of the party’s seven candidates were given the nod from voters on Saturday in an election with the highest turnout in more than a decade.

“This is a huge win for the Greens,” said former Green party leader and re-elected Vancouver city councillor  Adriane Carr. Continue Reading

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Canadian Green wins historic first seat in New Brunswick legislature

p david coonFrom CBC News:

David Coon stepped into the history books in Monday’s provincial election, winning the hotly contested Fredericton South riding and giving the Green Party its first-ever seat in the New Brunswick Legislature.

Coon won the four-way race with 31 per cent support, compared to 26 per cent for outgoing Energy Minister Craig Leonard of the Progressive Conservatives. Liberal Roy Wiggins finished third with about 22 per cent of the vote, while high-profile Liberal defector Kelly Lamrock, running for the NDP, was in fourth in the race at 20 per cent.

Coon, 58, is only the second Green Party candidate to win a seat in a provincial legislature in Canada. Andrew Weaver won a seat for the Greens in British Columbia in 2013.

“I think that in our riding, people voted for the person and voted for the principles of the Green Party that I stand for,” Coon said. Continue Reading

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Saturday: Chat live with Jill Stein and Green leaders from around the globe

From the Green Party of the United States:

p Jill SteinThis is exciting:

Tomorrow —  April 12 at 8:00 PM EST  — you can chat live with Jill Stein.

Jill will be talking with you, Elizabeth May, leader of the Canadian Green Party, Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Green Party, and hundreds of other Greens across the globe.

Each leader will take questions on how our respective Green parties are advocating for our vision in their countries and around the world.

The live chat — April 12 at 8:00 PM EST — is the launch of an exciting new event:

Be Green Globally
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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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Canadian Greens: is Canada’s govt a ‘false majority by fraudulent means’?

From NorthumberlandView.ca:

The Green Party is calling for a public inquiry into the fraudulent robodials and a referendum on electoral reform.

Suggesting that Canada’s first-past-the-post system is highly vulnerable to electoral fraud, the party is calling for reforms that would ensure parties hold a number of seats that is proportional to the number of votes they receive.

“If a mere 6,848 votes can magically transform a 39% minority vote into a majority government in Canada, then we need to move to a new electoral system,” said Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader. “We need a proportional system that will give greater stability and prevent this kind of fraudulent voter suppression.” Continue Reading

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Robocall scandal hits Canada

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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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