This month there were some very interesting stories in Canadian politics. The one I’m focusing on here is the election of Peter Bevan-Baker to the Prince Edward Island legislature. Peter made a breakthrough in P.E.I. and became the first Green Party candidate to be elected in the province. This was the latest step in a great trend of Green Party candidates being elected across the country.
Peter’s story is one I can relate to. What I appreciate the most about his victory is how determined he was. Peter ran in five P.E.I. elections, all in the same area (the ridings of Malpeque federally and Kellys Cross-Cumberland provincially). He ran positive campaigns, stayed true to his principles, and proved he was dedicated to the people of his riding. By doing so he earned the trust of the people he wanted to represent.
This is the same plan I have for Kanata-Carleton. I told the Green Party before my first election last year that I’m dedicated to the riding. I realize that winning over an entire riding as large as Kanata-Carleton may take time, but I will put in the effort needed for a Green victory here. And it’s already happening. In last year’s provincial election I received the largest voter percentage increase of any candidate running in the riding.
My message to the people of Kanata-Carleton is this; I’m determined to fight the good fight and to show you I’m ready for the job! I’m working hard to show you how strong the Green Party platform is. There are so many amazing people in this riding, and I will be honoured to represent you.
I’m ready when you are!
(Kanata) Greens in the new riding of Kanata—Carleton went for experience in selecting their candidate for the federal election later this year. On Monday night at the Kanata Recreation Centre, Andrew West was elected by an enthusiastic membership to run under the party banner. Mr. West was the Green candidate in the 2014 provincial election.
The nomination meeting had the ultimate in Green Party warmup acts: both party leader Elizabeth May and MP Bruce Hyer were there, and Ms. May spoke on “Saving Democracy”. She contrasted the closed, tightly-controlled current government to the open, highly productive minority Liberal government of Lester Pearson. She sent a clear message that regaining true representative democracy will be a central focus of the 2015 Green campaign.
For his part, Mr. West recommitted himself to representing Kanata—Carleton in 2015 and for the long haul. He emphasized that the Green Party is on the rise in the riding: in the last provincial election, the Green vote had the largest increase of any party there. “This is a winnable riding”, he declared.
Karen McCrimmon has been nominated to represent the Liberals in Kanata-Carleton. Neither the Conservatives nor New Democrats have fielded candidates yet. With long-time Conservative MP Gordon O’Connor retiring from the old riding of Carleton—Mississippi Mills (which included all of Kanata—Carleton), the race is wide open.
Photo attached: Andrew West and Elizabeth May.
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Across Canada, Green Party of Canada candidates are being nominated for this year’s federal election.
The Kanata-Carleton meeting will be held this Monday, January 26th. I will be running for the nomination. The featured guest speaker will be Elizabeth May, the inspirational leader of the Green Party of Canada. Come out, meet Elizabeth and our new candidate, and have your voice heard! We want to meet you, your friends and family, and share ideas.
Nomination Meeting Details
Where: Kanata Recreation Complex – 100 Walter Baker Place, Hall A
When: Monday, January 26th at 7:30pm
Save the date!
Hi everyone. If you’re free tomorrow night, you’re invited to meet Mike Schreiner and other Ontario Greens, including me, at the Fox & Feather Pub (283 Elgin Street) at 7:00pm.
This Friday, October 24th, you’re invited to join your local Greens at our Kanata-Carleton/Carleton-Mississippi Mills AGM at 6:30pm at the Kanata Legion: 70 Hines Road. Hope to see you there!
I’d like to personally thank you, the residents of Mississippi Mills, for your support in the recent provincial election. Thanks to you, we more than doubled the Green Party vote from 2011.
Elections Ontario recently released the results from all the polls across the riding. Our greatest support came from Clayton and Almonte. We also did very well in Pakenham. Overall the Green Party had the highest percentage gains than any other party since the 2011 election. The Progressive Conservatives’ voting share decreased by 6% and the Liberals’ decreased by 7%. The Greens’ voting share increased by 117%! Mississippi Mills helped make that happen.
I know a lot of people in Mississippi Mills know the true importance of our land, food and water. I want to do everything I can to protect and grow our heritage, our agriculture industry and our natural environment. I need your help to make this happen. I’m happy with the election results, but they need to be a lot better for the Green Party to win. There are tens of thousands more Green Party votes in this riding. Many voters want to vote Green but talk themselves out of it. Your help is needed in getting the word out. If everyone who talked themselves out of voting Green because they thought their vote wouldn’t count actually voted Green, their vote WOULD count and there WOULD be a Green victory.
I need your help to build on the momentum we all created together. Please contact me if you would like me to come to an event or to discuss local issues. You can contact me directly via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or through twitter at @greenandrewwest.
I’m very grateful I had the chance to run in this amazing riding. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth and with many amazing people. Thank you again to everyone that voted Green, and for your continued support.
Andrew would like to thank everyone who volunteered and voted for the Green Party in 2014. We successfully increased the profile of the Green Party and our voting share in Carleton-Mississippi Mills.
Here’s the percentage point difference for each party between this election and one in 2011:
Green – +3.86%
NDP – +2.26%
Liberal – -2.26%
PC – -2.88%
There are tens of thousands more Green Party votes in this riding. Voters need to know it’s safe to vote Green. If everyone who talked themselves out of voting Green because they thought their vote wouldn’t count did vote Green, their votes WOULD count and there would be a Green victory.
For us the campaigning has just begun! We need you’re help to build on the momentum we created the past few weeks. Please consider volunteering or hosting an event to support the Green Party. You can contact Andrew directly via e-mail at email@example.com or through twitter at @greenandrewwest. Thank you again.
Voting day is Thursday, June 12th. Every vote makes a difference, especially for the ever-growing Green Party.
Here’s a handy tool to ensure an easier voting experience:
According to an independent study* the Green Party’s proposal to merge the school boards will save tax payers 1.2 to 1.6 billion dollars a year in redundancies. But there are many other additional benefits. NDP candidate James Gordon certainly took issue with Green Leader Mike Schreiner, who are both running in Guelph. Mike has written a detailed response. Here are three points he raised:
Last year, school board administrators overspent the portion of the budget allocated to them by $86 million. That was money that was supposed to go into the classroom. Let’s get that money back, for a start.
Distributing the resources we have fairly, and making sure that education is our top priority, means hard choices. I’d rather choose a merged public school system than unmet special education needs. Wouldn’t you?
I don’t think that graduates of publicly-funded teachers’ colleges eligible to teach in publicly-funded boards should be turned away because they are Protestant, or Hindu, or choose not express their faith. Do you?
You can read Mike’s full response here:
*William J Phillips, “Public and Catholic School Merger Study” Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario Inc (March 2012) online:
Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, will be in Ottawa tonight (June 3rd) to join Deputy Leader and Ottawa Centre candidate Kevin O’Donnell as well as other Ottawa area candidates at a debate night rally in Ottawa. Wednesday morning, Mike will join Ottawa area candidates for breakfast at Grounded Kitchen and Coffee House.
Date: June 3, 2014
Time: 7:30pm, speeches at 8:15pm
Location: Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street, Ottawa
Date: June 4, 2014
Location: Grounded Kitchen and Coffee House, 100 Gloucester Street, Ottawa