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Green Party of Canada

The Green Party of Canada was founded at a conference held at Carleton University in Ottawa in 1983. Under its first leader, Dr. Trevor Hancock, the party ran 60 candidates in the 1984 federal election. 

The Green Party begins with the basic premise that all life on the planet is interconnected and that humans have a responsibility to protect and preserve the natural world. The Green Party of Canada, like itsprovincial counterparts, supports green economics, progressive social planning and responsible and accountable governance.

Since its inception, the party has been developing as an organization, expanding its membership and improving its showing at the polls. In the 2000 federal election, the party fielded 111 candidates, up from 78 in 1997.

On June 28, 2004, the Green Party of Canada made history when it became only the fourth federal political party ever to run candidates in all 308 ridings. It also earned the more dubious distinction of being the only party running a full slate to be excluded from the televised leaders’ debate. When the ballots were counted, the Green Party secured 4.3 percent of the popular vote, thereby surpassing the 2 percent threshold required for party financing under new Elections Canada rules.

Momentum for change continued to build around this new political voice for Canadians and in the election held January 23, 2006 the Green Party again ran 308 candidates and increased its share of the popular vote to 4.5 percent, once again securing federal financing as a result. Later that year, the party’s new federal leader, Elizabeth May, made Green Party history when she finished second in a by-election in the riding of London North Centre.

On March 17, 2007, May announced that she would run in the Nova Scotia riding of Central Nova, in the 2008 federal election. May was initially excluded from the televised leadership debate. After intense public pressure, she was included and her performance was a breakthrough for the Green Party. Despite losing to Peter MacKay in Central Nova, May won 32% of the vote, the highest percentage ever for a Green Party candidate in Canada.

In the 2011 federal election, Elizabeth May ran in the riding of Saanich—Gulf Islands in British Columbia. Despite her exclusion from the leaders’ debate, she won her riding, defeating Conservative cabinet minister Gary Lunn. Elizabeth May thus became the first elected Green Party MP in Canadian history.

In 2012, she was voted Parliamentarian of the Year by her colleagues in the House of Commons.

MPs

Elizabeth May MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands

International Secretary

Mr Johan Hamels

Green Party of Canada condemns decision to bar European Green MP José Bové from entry to Canada

(OTTAWA) October 12, 2016 - The Green Party of Canada is condemning a decision by Canada Border Services Agency to bar Green European Parliament MP José Bové from entering Canada Tuesday night. Despite having a valid visa, Bové was denied entry to Canada at Montreal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau airport for historical convictions for civil disobedience in France. “I’m outraged a sitting European... more


Green Party Canada Convention 2016

Green Party Canada (GPC) held its 2016 convention in Ottawa 4-7 August.  The program included an opening by Elizabeth May, Party Leader and MP, European Green Party Representative and Belgium MP Evelyne Huytebroeck, New Zealand Green Party Leader and MP James Shaw, and Federal Council President Ken Melamed, Bill McKibben keynote, a reflective and cathartic "laugh and cry together as we relive the... more


La Venezuela Invisible y el Movimiento Verde Internacional

Ahora, en medio de la crisis total de un país sin dinero, de ciudades sin agua y sin electricidad, poblaciones sin comida, sin salud y sin seguridad, el gobierno “revolucionario” de Nicolás Maduro decreta, en febrero 2016, la creación de la Zona de Desarrollo del Arco Minero, destinada a la explotación a cielo abierto de oro, diamantes, coltran, bauxita, torio, hierro y otros minerales, en una... more


The Invisible Venezuela and the International Greens Movement

Amid the total crisis of a country without money, cities without water or electricity, people without food, without health, without security, the militarized revolutionary government of Nicolas Maduro decreed in February 2016 the establishment of the Mining Arch Development Zone of the Orinoco river, for the open pit mining of gold, diamonds, coltran, bauxite, torio, iron and other minerals, in... more


COP21 Daily Blogs - Elizabeth May, MP

The Paris Agreement is an historic and potentially life-saving agreement. It does more than many of us expected when the conference opened on November 30. It will be legally binding. It sets a long term temperature goal of no more than 1.5 degrees as far safer than the (also hard to achieve) goal of no more than 2 degrees. In doing so, it may save the lives of millions. It may lead to the... more


Green Party wins first seat in the New Brunswick legislature

23 September, 2014
History was made on September 22, 2014 when David Coon, leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick, captured the riding of Fredericton South in that province's general election. Coon finished 334 votes ahead of an incumbent Conservative cabinet minister to win the Green Party's first seat in the New Brunswick legislature. Contesting only their second provincial general election, the Green Party... more


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Green Party of Canada condemns decision to bar European Green MP José Bové from entry to Canada

(OTTAWA) October 12, 2016 - The Green Party of Canada is condemning a decision by Canada Border Services Agency to bar Green European Parliament MP José Bové from entering Canada Tuesday night. Despite having a valid visa, Bové was denied entry to Canada at Montreal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau airport for historical convictions for civil disobedience in France. “I’m outraged a sitting European... more


Green Party Canada Convention 2016

Green Party Canada (GPC) held its 2016 convention in Ottawa 4-7 August.  The program included an opening by Elizabeth May, Party Leader and MP, European Green Party Representative and Belgium MP Evelyne Huytebroeck, New Zealand Green Party Leader and MP James Shaw, and Federal Council President Ken Melamed, Bill McKibben keynote, a reflective and cathartic "laugh and cry together as we relive the... more


La Venezuela Invisible y el Movimiento Verde Internacional

Ahora, en medio de la crisis total de un país sin dinero, de ciudades sin agua y sin electricidad, poblaciones sin comida, sin salud y sin seguridad, el gobierno “revolucionario” de Nicolás Maduro decreta, en febrero 2016, la creación de la Zona de Desarrollo del Arco Minero, destinada a la explotación a cielo abierto de oro, diamantes, coltran, bauxita, torio, hierro y otros minerales, en una... more


The Invisible Venezuela and the International Greens Movement

Amid the total crisis of a country without money, cities without water or electricity, people without food, without health, without security, the militarized revolutionary government of Nicolas Maduro decreed in February 2016 the establishment of the Mining Arch Development Zone of the Orinoco river, for the open pit mining of gold, diamonds, coltran, bauxite, torio, iron and other minerals, in... more


COP21 Daily Blogs - Elizabeth May, MP

The Paris Agreement is an historic and potentially life-saving agreement. It does more than many of us expected when the conference opened on November 30. It will be legally binding. It sets a long term temperature goal of no more than 1.5 degrees as far safer than the (also hard to achieve) goal of no more than 2 degrees. In doing so, it may save the lives of millions. It may lead to the... more


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