There will be a by-election in the BC riding of Victoria in the coming months. We are running a great candidate, Donald Galloway (go like his facebook page), who was the founding president of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and one of the founding members of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL). Donald lead human rights organiz
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So it's been quite some time since I wrote about internal GPO/GPC stuff, but I figured that I should get back to it.
With the recent Ontario by-elections and the with the upcoming Federal by-elections I had a conversation with some GP friends about what criteria should be used to gauge whether a by-election campaign should receive support from the central party.
I should point out that by support I'm talking money, of course the central party should be supporting by-elections in other ways but the question of where to put or limited financial resources is an important one.
In light of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association opposition to gay-straight alliances, and Ontario's large budget deficit, the Green Party of Ontario is the only party showing courage and leadership by calling for the end the wasteful and unjustifiable public funding of only certain religious schools.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath is once again playing political games, rather than contributing solid ideas for Ontario's economic recovery. Last time it was selling out the environment in an attempt to buy votes, now she is calling for weekly price ceilings to be placed on gasoline.
We launched our regional campaign at the Rainbow Bistro, Saturday September 3rd. There was a great turn-out, it a fun night, and we raised so money heading in to the campaign. Big success all around.
In Ottawa-Vanier, Bagler said he has heard that his community feels ignored. "We're not big government, we're not big labour, we're not big business. If we had to be big anything, we're big community."
I was on CFRA's Lunch Bunch on September 5th. I was on CFRA's Lunch Bunch on September 5th. We covered a wide range of topics. One thing the host kept bringing up was the idea that this election is between two titans (the Liberals and Conservatives) but I have to disagree, this summer we knocked on over 5,000 doors and there weren't too many people excited about the idea of either these two parties. People are looking for another option, one that's responsible, forward looking and community focused. The Green Party is that option. You can listen to the full show here:
Ottawa,ON (September 7, 2011) - The Green Party of Ontario welcomes Dave Bagler to its growing Green team.
"Dave is committed to serving his community and has the integrity, compassion and energy to represent Ottawa-Vanier effectively at Queen's Park,” said Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario.