Canada Votes in First Green MP
"We need hope over fear, and we need compassion over competition. We need to recognize that Canadians deserve a government where 308 MPs figure out how to work together."
- Elizabeth May, Green Party
Elizabeth May, Canada’s Leader of the Green Party, won an historic election on May 2nd. She is the first ever elected Member of Parliament in Canada for the Green Party.
The Greens in Canada have extended beyond a pure green agenda. Their current platform focuses on Smart Economy, Strong Communities and “True Democracy.”
Where the Green agenda really impresses is on their goals for Averting Climate Catastrophe. Their recommendations include setting a GHG reduction goal of 30% below 1990 levels by 2020. As some of you know that is the highest number Europe is considering. Given Canada is currently about 24% above 1990 levels, compared with Europe which will achieve its 8% reduction by 2012, Canada’s Green Party goal is significant. The Green Party goes further to suggest that if other developed countries adopt more rigorous reduction targets, the Greens would match them.