We are very pleased to announce that Ivan Drouin has been nominated as the GPNS candidate in the upcoming by-election in Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River! We will share a link to Ivan’s candidate page soon.
We are pleased to announce that GPNS Past Co-President (and current Policy Co-Convener) Anthony Edmonds will be our candidate in the Sackville-Cobequid By-election.
Anthony is a young, family-oriented professional engineer with a strong sense of responsibility and a record of community involvement. He will make a fantastic MLA.
If you would like to support his campaign by volunteering, donating, hosting a lawn sign, or attending events, contact Anthony’s campaign team at SC2019@greenpartyns.ca.
UPCOMING GREEN WAVE EVENTS
SATURDAY – 1 June, 12:30 to 2:30 – Beaver Bank and Glendale (near gas station)
by Charlene Boyce, Green Party of Nova Scotia Co-President
The recent New Brunswick election results engendered a lot of interest in the more obscure aspects of parliamentary procedure. What happens when the winner is really not evident?
This election has gone a long way toward showing the serious drawbacks of first-past-the-post in a splintered electorate. We may not be accustomed to minority governments, but once we have three or more active parties, they become not just a possibility, but an expectation.
The “Big Two” (for now!!), the Liberals and Conservatives found themselves in a practically-tied face-off due to the precedent of favour that the incumbent government enjoys. This left newcomers The People’s Alliance and David Coon’s Green Party with the enviable position of being courted for support. Interestingly, the way the numbers broke out, even with a deal and an ‘alliance government’, a clear majority is not so clear.
Many news anchors were talking to David Coon, asking whether the Greens would ‘prop up’ the Liberals.
Now, those of us familiar with Green politics know that we don’t whip votes. That is a thing we are known for. Our MLAs, MPs and other elected representatives are expected to vote with their conscience. Since we rely heavily on facilitated discussion and consensus building, we often find ourselves agreeing with our esteemed leaders, but not always.
So how does a party leader guarantee support to another government if she or he cannot whip votes? This is a question I asked of my party executive, some of whom have a lot more experience than I do.
The answer is, the same way all decisions are made. The elected New Brunswick Greens would meet and discuss and decide as a collective whether they would enter into any kind of agreement, and what kind of agreement, if any, that would be.
The New Brunswick Liberals therefore needed to negotiate not just with David Coon, a more known entity to them, as he has been an MLA for several years; but also with Megan Mitton and Kevin Arseneau, brand new MLAs.
It is situations like this that make politics my favourite spectator sport.
We are happy to respond to inquiries from Nova Scotians. Send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Green Party recently received this inquiry:
What is your stance on marijuana dispenseries? I feel they should be allowed to operate in Nova Scotia. So many people rely on these locations.
This is our reply:
- We don’t like the monopoly imposed by NSLC.
- We support studies into further potential medicinal uses of cannabis.
- As with everything, climate change is a fundamental concern, so we want to ensure that the growing and production of cannabis products are as low impact as possible, minimizing GHG production.
Green Party volunteer Leanne Chisholm organized the rally that took place last weekend. We are so grateful for all her hard work! She shares this report. If you would like to organize an event, please contact email@example.com!
By Leanne Chisholm
On Saturday, September 8 th , 2018 approximately 75 people came out to the Halifax Seaport Market to demand a fossil free future. The rally was in conjunction with over 900 other rallies on all 7 continents organized by a group called 350.org based in the United States. The rallies were timed to coincide with the Global Climate Action Summit being held in San Francisco, California. Over 250,000 people participated and yet the event was largely ignored by major media outlets.
Thomas Trappenburg and Jo-Ann Roberts spoke passionately to our group of protestors and we marched along the waterfront as far as Bishop’s Landing drawing attention to our cause and the Green Party.
I hope we can participate in this event again next year and promote the event on university campuses during orientation week to attract more young people to the event and inspire them to become members of the Green Party.