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Like the struggle to protect the environment, this blog has always been about democracy. Democracy is never served by covert decision-making, but perhaps even more important is that the environment and non-human species will never protected by manipulative, self-serving, and secretive human-centric politics. The best of greenpolitics.ca is now available in book format
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They Call It Democracy – Part 6

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lessons learned: They say that what doesn’t destroy you makes you stronger. Well, I seem to have successfully survived challenging the leader of the Green Party in Saanich-Gulf Islands, so I guess the experience has made me stronger. Among other things, I learned that Elizabeth May‘s leadership has been an unmitigated disaster for Canadian Green politics, from which it may not recover.

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They Call It Democracy – Part 5

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formal complaint: Sometimes we either have to do something distasteful, or make a moral or ethical stand. What if that something goes against our principles, or when we see things going on that we believe are not right? Something fishy was definitely going on in Saanich-Gulf Islands. It offended my sense of Green democratic process, and even could be illegal. It was time to blow the whistle.

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They Call It Democracy – Part 4

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denial of service: Most of the national media attention focused on my complaint to Elections Canada of possible illegal transfer of funds by the Green Party to the Elizabeth May campaign, which she could use for her nomination. But even more important was the unequal availability of Party services to myself compared to the taxpayer-funded resources it was pouring into promoting the Party leader.

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They Call It Democracy – Part 3

Green dollarsfollow the money: Part of my complaint to Elections Canada was that $62,000 had been transferred to the Saanich-Gulf Islands EDA for use by Elizabeth May for pre-writ activities. None of this money was offered to me, even though the Elections Act makes it illegal for a Party to transfer funds to an EDA unless this money is offered to all nomination candidates on an equal basis. How did this money get there?

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They Call It Democracy – Part 2

The Green hammer-and-sicklethe green politburo: It took quite a while to make the decision to stand against the leader of the Green Party for nomination as the Green candidate in Saanich-Gulf Islands. I knew that running against such a high-profile person would be difficult and make me very unpopular with many Greens. But the more I looking into what was happening, the more I realised that I had to take a stand. If not now—when?

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They Call It Democracy – Part 1

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the challenge: I could publish the entire 6,500-word, nine-page letter with its 43 supporting documents that I sent to Elections Canada in support of my complaint about the unfair actions of the Green Party in Saanich-Gulf Islands—but mercifully, I won’t. Instead, here’s a taste of what I went through; some of the things I learned; and some political questions that my experience raised. It’s a complex tale.

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My nomination speech in Saanich-Gulf Islands

Sidney waterfront - photo by Stuart HertzogYears of activism have convinced me that we are not going to protect the environment, slow down global warming, or achieve world peace and a just society, unless we have a biocentric and participatory democracy that gives people the right to decide issues that impact their lives, and which respects Nature. We need a new kind of politics. We need Green politics. Here is the full text of that speech.

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Two letters to Elections Canada

Elections CanadaCatharine Johannson, the Green Party’s Political Campaign Director, wrote to Elections Canada in response to my complaint. For those who want the sordid details, here is her letter to the Commissioner and my response to it. Since the time of posting, Elections Canada has acknowledged my complaint.

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My complaint to Elections Canada

Elections CanadaI am complaining about the actions of the Green Party of Canada in the current nomination contest for the candidacy of the Green Party in Saanich Gulf-Islands. I believe that the Green Party may have acted and could still be acting illegally in these matters, and am asking the Commissioner to investigate my complaint without delay.

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