I hear this lots "The Green Party are socialist". If thats you I want to correct the record. Actually the Greens are even considered by some to be "small-c" conservative due to our views on economics and governance --balanced budgets and small government with more input from municipal and provincial bodies. As for other parts of the platform, some have identified them as left-wing or centrist. The environment is not a left issue, the environment does not belong to one ideology or another.So when you talk turkey this weekend talk about the Greens as a great opton and study our fully costed plan at green.ca/platform
When the Green Party candidates visited Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, people may have had to go for extra chairs. The Greens even brought some colleagues from nearby Quebec districts.
To the Conservative candidates out there:
Here's a tip, guys: people respect those in public life who make a sincere effort to make themselves available to the public, and those who show their willingness to partner sincerely with others in public office. The media respect those who provide a reasonable level of access and, at least occasionally, straight answers to simple questions.
Conservative candidates did manage to meet with Mayor Jim Watson, but David Reevely of the Ottawa Citizen clearly remains unimpressed. Reevely rips into...
1. Ottawa South Conservative candidate Dev Balkissoon for refusing to speak with media...
2. Pierre Poilievre for keeping up his usual meaningless message track instead of providing straight answers, and...
3. The rest of their fellow local Conservative candidates for blowing off their second attempt at a meeting with Ottawa mayor Jim Watson.
Where were the missing Conservative candidates? Where else? They were standing up as props at an event featuring Stephen Harper.
Aug 17th, 2015
Things are heating up everywhere it seems. The heatwave here in Ottawa is sometimes extreme. It's 40 degrees with the humidity outside and the heat from the Duffy trial follows the Prime Minister everywhere he goes.
The question on everyone's mind is: "How much control does the Prime Minister's Office have?" Although the Steven Harper doesn't want to admit it, the PMO has a lot more control than it did during the Chretien and Martin years.
Steven Harper is getting asked the same types of questions that he asked Paul Martin 10 years ago about the sponsorship scandal - questions that led to Mr. Martin's defeat. How ironic that it is catching up to Mr. Harper!
Aug 16th, 2015
José Nunez-Melo former NDP MP decides to join the Green Party on August 15, 2015 as a result of disagreements in the way in which the nomination process was changed in his riding.
In the 2011 election, José Nunez-Melo was elected as a NDP in the riding of Laval. Mr. Nunez-Melo felt he was pressured by NDP officials to utilize his parliamentary staff for partisan purposes in NDP satellite offices. As a result, the party burdened him with $31 700 of their debt. In August 2015, José Nunez-Melo, left the NDP, after the party quietly changed the nomination process in his riding.
Ottawa South Candidate John Redins welcomes José Nunez-Melo as a member of the Green Party Caucus.
Aug 14th, 2015
This morning our team filed nomination papers with the Returning Officer in Ottawa South.
The highlight of the afternoon was an announcement of the Green Party's plan to improve support to our veterans. The formal announcement was made by Green Party leader Elizabeth May and colleagues in Nanaimo, B.C.
Yesterdays' preliminary report by the Ontario Energy Board regardling the Energy East pipeline project confirmed what we already knew: conversion of the pipeline to carry diluted bitumen ("dilbit") from the tar sands would jack up heating costs for families in Eastern Ontario. The OEB estimates that the cost will increase by 11.9%. Of course, a dilbit spill in or near our rivers would threaten our drinking water, agriculture, and tourism industry. The existing natural gas pipeline passes through Stittsville before crossing the Rideau River near the southern limits of the City of Ottawa at the Baxter Conservation Area.
Aug 13th, 2015
Worth reading: Our Vision - Vision Green.
Aug. 7th, 2015
Special thanks to everyone who attended our Maclean's debate viewing party at KS on the Keys. It was a full house! Please check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds for pictures from the event!
Elizabeth May was the clear winner thanks to her extensive knowledge and ability to articulate her position on issues from the economy, to health care, the environment, and international affairs.