The Green Party of Canada's three-day long convention in Sidney, B.C. has just wrapped up. Here is an account of the major decisions taken, from one of the nearly 300 delegates who were in attendance.
This year's convention saw discussion of 27 policy motions, six constitutional motions, eight directive motions and three emergency motions.
All of the policy, constitutional and directive motions were subjected to an online vote prior to the convention. Emergency motions were first presented at the convention itself and thus had not previously been voted on. All resolutions will be subjected to a final and conclusive vote by the membership after the convention.
When I heard that ForestEthics, a group targeted in a Prime Minister’s Office memorandum as an “adversary” of the PMO agenda, had decided to split its activities so as to make advocacy a separate arm, I thought “how brave.” The fact is that PMO senior staff had pressured the group’s main funder;
Hello to anyone I hadn't messaged in my introductory post.
In that first thread, I mentioned I like a bit of the platforms of the Liberals, the NDP, and the Greens. But as I visit each party website and read about their policies, I find it hard to differentiate on more than a few areas of policy.
Given that I am a former libertarian who has since "seen the light" (for lack of a better phrase), I am what you might call a free agent looking for a place to belong. I'd like to get more involved on the left, and thought about joining a party - and the more I read the more I've boiled it down to the NDP or the Green Party.
In the May 2nd election Elizabeth May became the first Green Party member to be elected to the House of Commons. Murray Dobbin interviewed her for rabble.ca about her experience so far as an MP and how her presence in the House of Commons will change things for the party she leads. The principal interview was conducted before the death of NDP leader Jack Layton and rabble.ca revisited Ms. May in order to ask her a couple of questions reflecting on his passing.
Murray Dobbin: Congratulations, has it sunk in yet or do you feel like an old hand already?