Don't let anyone try to tell you that you're doing the wrong thing by voting for the best candidate.
- Elizabeth May
Saturday, September 26, 2:30 p.m.
Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue
2:30 - 3:15 Reports and Election of Provincial Council
3:15 - 4:45 Workshop on Water led by Catherine O'Brien
Catherine is the Spokesperson for The Coalition for the Protection of PEI Water, of which the Green Party of PEI is a Member. The purpose of this workshop is to inform Members and prepare the groundwork for our Presentation to the Environmental Advisory Committee.
4:45 - 5:15 Entertainment provided by Teresa Doyle
Teresa is the Green Party of Canada Candidate for Cardigan and she'll be giving us a preview her newest CD "I Remember Canada" which is slated for an official launch the following day at Trailside Cafe.
5:30 Pot-Luck Dinner
Guest Speaker Peter Bevan-Baker
With coffee we'll hear from each of the Federal Green Candidates
Nils Ling, Lynne Lund, Becka Viau and Teresa Doyle
OTTAWA – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and candidate (Saanich - Gulf Islands), issued the following statement about the Syrian refugee crisis and the recent death of a three-year-old Syrian refugee and others:
“As a mother and a grandmother, I was devastated to see the photo of that poor child. I cannot imagine the unbearable grief of his father, who also lost his other boy and his wife. I offer my condolences to him and his family.
“As the Green Party leader, I expect Canada to take on its share of the responsibility in the Syrian refugee crisis, so we never see these types of images again. Stephen Harper has no credibility whatsoever on this issue, having failed to honour previous announcements. We should ramp up the number of refugees welcomed to Canada to 25,000 and we must do more to end the conflict, including living up to our commitments to the UN High Commission for Refugees.
“The current system is almost impossible when compared to sponsorships at the time of the Vietnamese 'boat people' when Canada welcomed refugees with open arms. Now, it is expensive and loaded with obstacles."
“I condemn the inaction of Conservatives on such a pressing matter. I have been pleading with them to take action. We have dozens of cases just in my own constituency: people in Cyprus, in Turkey and Syria who urgently need help. I get direct messages from families whose children are stuck indoors all day, for days on end, because it's unsafe to play outside. Simply put, this situation is a nightmare.
“As the MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, I have directly assisted in re-uniting families and the effort that it takes is extreme. I have worked directly with the embassies and I know how understaffed they were for this crisis. It is unconscionable.
“I was so happy to reunite two families by getting the husbands of two women out of Syria. I can say from experience of helping people in Saanich Gulf Islands that our system for immigration and refugees is broken as a result of Harper's actions.”
Wind Power Generated 140% of Denmark's Electricity Demand On Thursday!!!
Going 100% renewable is not some wacky pipe dream. We have the technology and it is affordable (actually how can we afford NOT to do it?). Come on PEI, let's get on with it.
The 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.
I have had an opportunity to thank my team for their tireless enthusiasm, and now I would like to express my appreciation to each and every one of the citizens of District 17, who put their faith in me, and to all Islanders across P.E.I. who this week voted for some new politics on Prince Edward Island.
You voted for the future, and you made history here in our small province. In the next four years, I will continue to contribute to the idea that politics can be done differently: that it can be engaging, open, and collaborative. I will bring forward new ideas, help to find the best solutions to the many challenges we face on Prince Edward Island, and strive to improve the lives of all Islanders.
It is an enormous privilege to have been elected to our Legislature, and I am truly humbled by the opportunity to represent not only the citizens of District 17, but to be the voice of the 22 per cent of Islanders who said with conviction that they are ready for REAL change here on Prince Edward Island.
Leader, Green Party of P.E.I.
Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker will be the province's first Green MLA.
Green Party makes history in P.E.I. election
HAMPTON — The lean, green fighting machine has broken through.
For the first time, a Green Party candidate has been elected to the P.E.I. legislature.
And Peter Bevan-Baker, the leader of the Green Party of P.E.I., did so in decisive fashion.
The Hampton dentist stormed in with close to 55 per cent of the votes in District 17, ending Liberal cabinet minister Valerie Docherty's eight-year representation of Kellys Cross-Cumberland constituents.
Supporters packed Monday night into Bites Cafe in Hampton erupted into hoots and cheers as Bevan-Baker cruised to victory taking 2,077 votes to second place Docherty's 1,046.
"It's fantastic,'' said Peter Lanthier, husband of Green Party candidate Darcie Lanthier.
"It's what we wanted.''
Lanthier says Bevan-Baker resonated with voters because of his honesty and sincerity.
"He's just a vibrant person who cares,'' said Lanthier.
"He has concern for everybody.''
The victory marks 23 years of campaigning as a Green Party candidate, including Bevan-Baker's third straight provincial campaign in P.E.I.
"I can't tell you how thrilling this is to be surrounded by the people we have here,'' he said.
"It's just extraordinary.''
He believes his impact as a one-MLA party will depend on the chemistry of the legislature.
"I will use every opportunity that I have to put forward what I believe to be crucial issues that perhaps have not had the level of importance put on them with previous legislations,'' said Bevan-Baker.
Read more.... from the Guardian
The Green Party of PEI is proposing innovative agriculture policies that will market a distinct ‘Island Made’ brand, diversify the range of Island crops, and invest in new farmers.
“Prince Edward Island’s rich agricultural heritage is one of its defining features, but the status quo is failing Island farmers,” says Green Party of PEI Leader Peter Bevan-Baker. “Building on the Island’s unique opportunities and strengths, the Green Party wants to foster agriculture in the province that is both sustainable and profitable.”
The Green Party propose a Local Food Security Act that will establish an 'Island Made' label for locally produced foods and require Island institutions to buy a certain quota of Island-produced food. The ‘Island Made’ brand will also be used to target new markets for healthy, sustainably produced foods.
“A thriving sustainable agriculture sector will work alongside our tourism strategy to promote the Island as a pristine and desirable place to visit,” says Bevan-Baker. “Visitors to the Island want an authentic experience, and there’s no better way to do that than by making sure Island farmers’ produce is being served on tourists’ plates.”
This week, the United Nations' World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is holding a World Forum on Food Tourism in Spain focused on how food and tourism can be linked to support culture, local economic development, sustainable practices and food experiences.
“Getting a taste of local cuisine has become an essential part of the traveling experience, and as such gastronomy presents a vital opportunity to enrich the tourism offer and stimulate economic development in destinations all around the world, not the least in rural communities," said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, praising food tourism's ability to "create local job opportunities and spur renewed interest in traditional cultural heritage.”
In order to promote greater crop diversity under the ‘Island Made’ brand, the Green Party of PEI also proposes creating an Island Farmland Trust to help new farmers buy farmland and a New Homesteaders' Plan that will make key investments in small-scale farms.
“Past provincial governments have had little regard for land stewardship, and the result has been erosion, and diminishing quality soil,” says Bevan-Baker. “The Green Party of PEI will invest in small farmers, as we recognize their important role as part of the Island’s small business community.”
“The Green Party wants to ensure that a new generation of Island farmers can make a living and carry on the Island’s proud agricultural tradition,” says Bevan-Baker.
A full description of the Green Party of PEI’s agriculture policies is available in their election platform “Real Change 2015” at http://www.greenparty.pe.ca/policy .
For more information:
Becka Viau, President - Green Party of PEI
902 314 0772
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