Thank you to everyone who came out (virtually) in March for the first Maritime Green Summit. Below you can find the video replays (English) and French audio-only files. You can also click on the link to read the full transcript, including the break-out room reports: Maritime Green Summit TRANSCRIPT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Halifax)Dr. Thomas Trappenberg has announced that he is stepping down as leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia. He has been leader of the GPNS since 2016 and has run several times as a Green Party candidate both provincially and federally since 2006.
Dr. Trappenberg took on the leadership of GPNS, with Deputy Leader Jessica Alexander at a time when the party was at risk of dissolving. Since that time the party has stabilized and grown significantly. “I feel the party now has a firm foundation. I am proud of the successes we have had over the past five years. We have been a strong voice for the environment, standing up for our forests, our oceans and social justice,” he said.
“We are a grassroots party and our members have indicated that they are ready for new leadership,” he added. As part of the Annual General Meeting of the GPNS held on April 25, the majority of members voted in favour of holding a leadership contest.
This recommendation will now go to the GPNS Executive for decisions on next steps. Deputy Leader, Jessica Alexander, will be acting Interim Leader until that time.
The Past President of the GPNS, Ashley Morton said, “The Green Party of Nova Scotia thanks Dr. Trappenberg for his leadership and thousands of hours of labour for the party. He is unquestionably leaving it in better shape upon his departure than when he took on the leadership role.”
For more information contact:
Ashley Morton, 902-999-7017
We are excited to invite you to join the very first Maritime Green Summit on Saturday, March 6th! This summit will bring together Green Party leaders from the three Maritime provinces (Peter Bevan-Baker, David Coon and Thomas Trappenberg) to discuss the provincial and federal issues most important to people in the Maritimes, moderated by former GPC interim leader Jo-Ann Roberts.
This conversation will be followed by break-out discussions on specific areas of interest. Finally, Green Party of Canada leader Annamie Paul and Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin will join the conversation to discuss how regional issues of importance in the Maritimes can be reflected in the National party platform.
This event is initiated and hosted by the Green Party of Nova Scotia in collaboration with the Green parties of New Brunswick, PEI and Canada. It is inspired by the recognition that the Maritime provinces share many common issues and priorities that require a collaborative approach and interprovincial dialogue – something that Greens can help to foster!