Growth gives P.E.I. Green Party hope for a harvest in 2019 election

Originally published in the Guardian by Mitch MacDonald, June 11, 2017: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/local/2017/6/11/growth-gives-p-e-i--green-party-hope-for-a-harvest-in-2019-elect.html

Anna__Peter__Jordan_M_at_Spring_Conference_2017_-_Guardian.jpgThe Green Party of P.E.I. was busy planting some seeds of support this weekend with hopes of a big harvest during a 2019 provincial election.

Creating district associations, growing grassroots support and preparing to campaign were some of the topics party members focused on during a spring conference in Emerald this weekend.

Party president Anna Keenan said the conference’s goal was to put down roots for future success and build on the party’s recent surge in support.

“The challenge for us is to make sure the growth we’re currently experiencing isn’t a boom and bust. We don’t want to be a flash in the pan so we’re trying to grow gradually and sustainably in line with our values,” said Keenan, noting the goal is to eventually form a Green government in P.E.I. “We have no illusions about how hard that would be to achieve but we’re hearing from more Islanders that is something they like to dream about.”

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Dr. Susan Hartley announced critic for Health and Wellness

Susan_Hartley_and_PBB.jpgCharlottetown:  The Green Party of PEI is pleased to announce the latest addition to its roster of shadow cabinet critics: Dr. Susan Hartley has been named Health and Wellness Critic.

Dr. Hartley has a lifetime of experience as a Clinical Psychologist in both the private and public sectors, serving in community mental health centres, outpatient and inpatient departments of hospital facilities, and in her private office. Dr. Hartley is a registered Psychologist in PEI, a member of the Psychologists Association of PEI (PAPEI), and the 2015 recipient of PAPEI’s Humanitarian Award.  She is a Fellow of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) and a past-president of that organization.  While on the Executive of APNS, she also sat as a Director on the Canadian Register for Health Services Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP) and the Council of Provincial Associations in Psychology (CPAP).
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Basic Income Could Let Canadians Actually Chase Their Dreams

As the solitary representative of the third party in a provincial legislature, you quickly realize the extent of your impotency. But on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 in PEI, I had the rare pleasure of moving a motion which was unanimously approved by all parties in the House.

In the previous provincial election, in a rare expression of common agreement, all four party leaders who contested the campaign agreed that a Universal Basic Income policy is worth exploring. Economists from all sides of the political spectrum are open to the idea, and the federal government has also indicated a willingness to explore such programs.

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Green Party of PEI announces two Shadow Cabinet critics

SUMMERSIDE:  The Green Party of PEI is pleased to announce the appointment of two shadow cabinet critics.

Sally Bernard, a well-known grain and chicken farmer from Freetown, has been named as the Party’s Critic for Agriculture. Lynne Lund, who also serves as deputy leader and was the Green Party’s candidate in October’s Summerside-Wilmot by-election, has been named as the Green Party’s Economic Development and Tourism Critic.
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Green Party disappointed at Premier’s reaction to plebiscite result

The Green Party of Prince Edward Island is expressing its disappointment at the Premier’s statement issued yesterday in response to the plebiscite results.

“This Premier came into office promising to do things differently, to “call on our better natures” and to restore Islanders’ faith in democracy and politicians. Disrespecting the clear result of a comprehensive plebiscite is not a reflection of our better natures, nor is it a step towards restoring trust in government,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, leader of the Island Green Party.

 

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Green Party proud that PEI will lead Canadian electoral reform

Peter Bevan-Baker, leader of the Island Green Party, is sharing in the widespread pride that many Islanders are feeling following the plebiscite results.

“Prince Edward Island is the place where the discussions that led to the birth of our nation started, and now, this same little Island is leading the process to evolve beyond the antiquated electoral system that our country inherited back then in the 19th century from the British Empire.This moves us into the 21st century in line with the vast majority of Western democracies that use some form of proportional representation. PEI is once again leading the nation, and I am so proud of my fellow Islanders who were not fearful of embracing change.”

 

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Green Party of PEI celebrates strong finish in Summerside-Wilmot by-election

SUMMERSIDE - The Green Party of Prince Edward Island is celebrating the strong showing of Deputy Leader Lynne Lund in yesterday’s by-election in Summerside-Wilmot.

Lund came in third place with 21.9% of the total vote, after winner Chris Palmer (Liberal) with 42.3% and second place finisher Brian Ramsay (PC) with 31.2%. The Green Party had won 9.9% of the vote in the district in the 2015 general election.

“This is a win for us,” Lund told a roomful of volunteers and supporters after the results came in. “We started this campaign from scratch, and ended by more than doubling our vote in this district and achieving the second-best result in the history of the Green Party of PEI, after (leader and MLA for district 17) Peter Bevan-Baker’s groundbreaking victory just last year. We can and will build on this.”

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Green Party names Lynne Lund as candidate for Summerside-Wilmot by-election

Image1.jpgIt’s off to the races. Green Party is first out the gate with the announcement of candidate Lynne Lund in the upcoming Summerside-Wilmot by-election.

SUMMERSIDE: As Charlottetown hosts this Saturday’s Gold Cup and Saucer Race, another race is soon to be called for the P.E.I. riding of Summerside-Wilmot. A by-election date hasn’t been set but one candidate is officially in the running.

The Green Party of P.E.I. was the first to announce its candidate for the by-election this morning. Deputy Leader of the Green Party of P.E.I., Lynne Lund, says she will be running a full campaign in hopes of securing a second seat for the party.

 

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Response to the Speech from the Throne

PBB_in_Leg.jpgPeter’s speech below is a response to the  of 5 April 2016.

Orders of the Day (Government), 7 April 2016
Source: , pp. 108-117.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Monsieur le Président, je suis convaincu que cette session de l’Assemblée législative sera constructive dans l’intérêt de notre province et aussi de notre population et je suis certain que votre dévouement et votre bienveillance sauront nous guider tout au long de cette session parlementaire.

Mr. Speaker, I am confident that this legislative session will be constructive for both our province and for all Islanders, and I am sure that your dedication and your wisdom and kindness will guide us through this parliamentary session.

 

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Vote for future makes history on PEI

Victory.jpgThe last few months, and more specifically the last few weeks, have been some of the most exhausting – and most exhilarating - days of my life. Trying to get elected when running for a third party on Prince Edward Island is no small undertaking, but the truth is, elections are not won by individuals. They are won by dedicated teams of selfless people, and they are decided by brave and trusting voters.

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