Doer, the “Great Gatsby” of Manitoba, now sells the tar sands…

…loved this quote from Green Party leader James Beddome in today’s Free Press.


Green Party’s Energy Policy

Press Release                                           

For Immediate Release



(Winnipeg, Oct. 2, 2011)  The “debate” over Bipole III is a hot issue in this election.  So far, the argument has centered around where to build the 832-mile hydro line.   The Green Party is the only party that is willing to consider the broader picture of $20 billion and counting in planned hydro-electric mega-projects.

“We cannot consider Bipole III, without also looking at the planned Keeyask and Conawapa dams,” said Green Party Leader James Beddome.

A Green government would not move forward with new hydro-electric development, including Bipole III, until a full Manitoba energy assessment is performed.  Continue reading

Many Uses For a Green Party Sign – Get Yours Today…

So –  supporters of the Green Party in the Scotia area have their sign up again, but this time it’s become a community billboard.  On it, from left to right, are:

– a kid’s lost change purse

-an ‘idle free zone’ sign

-a lost kittie notice.

I had gone there thinking that as I had a better location and was out of large signs, I would perform a triage operation and move their sign.  Once I saw it was serving a social purpose, however, I no longer had the heart to move the sign.

Greens – by my campaign at least but more broadly those running for MLA in our party – are all about local organizing and getting citizens to use their voices and find common spaces to communicate on.  This sign has become one small locus of community attention, attracting passersby’s eyes, and as a Green MLA I’d create as much public space for democracy as possible, from sign boards to regular public town hall forums and citizens’ committees meeting regularly.

Oh, and if you would still like a sign for your yard, let me know ASAP.  They’re smaller, reusable, biodegradable plastic signs, and I have a few left.  St. Johns is slowly but steadily going Green. 19 new signs went up today alone.

Explaining the Universal Basic Income

So sometimes Greens introduce new ideas into the social and political discourse that people have never heard of, and as such can’t decide if it’s crazy talk or sound policy, at first. These ideas need to get more discussion between elections as they are more than quick sound bites. Since some of us are paying attention now, I thought it a good time to discuss the Green platform piece in favour of a universal basic income.

Our platforrm contains this piece due to extensive research of Manitoban Greens going back to ~2005, and it has been picked up by the federal party due to the Manitoban members’ focus on it.   Also, basic income, also called sometimes a guaranteed annual income – with variations particular perhaps to economists’ interests – has a history, albeit brief, in Manitoba.

In the late 1970s, a pilot project called ‘The Mincome’ was launched in partnership between the federal and provincial governments in Dauphin, Manitoba.  Only now, 30 years later, are the statistics being investigated to see if the guaranteeing of each citizen a basic minimum income – a replacement for the expensive to maintain and perhaps psychologically and financially hard-to-escape welfare poverty cycle – was a worthwhile investment. Continue reading

Beddome “was the best performer of the night.”

Recent inclusion of the Green leader James Beddome in the short, 50 minute televised and radio-broadcast leaders’ debate has highlighted how necessary it is for Greens to be part of the public debate in Manitoba and in Canada.  Let us not forget that GPC leader Elizabeth May, now a Member of Parliament, was excluded from the televised leader’s debates in the last federal election, in collusion with the other parties’ leaders.

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Dan Lett highlighted this in his post-debate column.  He said: “There have been forums — many, many forums — but none allowed for head-on debate. And almost none of them invited the Green party to join the NDP, the Liberal party and the Progressive Conservatives. A shame to be sure.”  He furthermore described our leader Beddome’s performance in favourable terms: “Beddome was earnest and remarkably articulate for a politician who does not have the experience of the other three. He should have been included in all the debates. This one forum is not likely enough to help his party.”  Continue reading

Green Party of Manitoba to Release Election Platform Wednesday at 11AM


(Sept 19 2011) The Green Party releases its platform for the 2011 Manitoba Provincial Election.  11 AM, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST at MEMORIAL PARK, WINNIPEG.

The Green Party is the game changer and the surprise news story in this election.  With 32 candidates, double the number from the previous election, the Greens, for the first time in Manitoba, have enough representation to form government.  The party is participating at the televised Provincial Leaders’ Debate on September 23rd. This is a first for the party.  The Greens are unquestionably out of the ‘fringe’ and are increasingly being seen as a viable mainstream party at the doors of voters.

“We have arrived as a legitimate viable political alternative in our Province,” says party leader James Beddome.  “We need now to make a real effort to elect members of the team to the Legislature and, realistically, we can do this.”

Claire Marchand – Green Party of Manitoba 2011 Election Publicist
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Can We Move Beyond Our Daily Challenges to Care About Extinction of Coral Reef?

I just read that a new book written by a top UN scientist is predicting the extinction of coral reefs by the end of this century, the first entire ecosystem to be destroyed by anthropogenic, or human-caused activity.

So while “the environment” waxes and wanes on pollsters’ lists of things we do and don’t care about, nature herself, Earth’s living systems, continue to be destroyed at an alarming rate. Climate change is not easy to solve, and don’t believe that only individual action is enough for us to deal with the bigger redesign we need of our systems away from fossil fuels.

This is why I am involved in politics. Because it is time people started to coordinate and organize a response on a society-wide scale to the amount of carbon we are emitting into our atmosphere, which means a civilizational-scale retooling. Not just in Manitoba, of course, but globally.   Continue reading