(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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