Green Party of Nova Scotia

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Green Party of Nova Scotia
Leader John Percy
President Rob Pierce
Founded 2006 (2006)
Headquarters Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ideology Green
Colours Green
Seats in House of Assembly
0 / 52
Politics of Nova Scotia
Political parties

The Green Party of Nova Scotia is a green political party in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It received official party status in the province in April 2006.[1] The party has not won any seats in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.


Nick Wright of Halifax, Nova Scotia won the contested leadership nomination race over Green Party of Canada candidate and organizer Sheila Richardson of Wolfville, Nova Scotia.[2]

In May 2007, Wright was replaced by Ken McGowan, who had won over 50 per cent of the vote at a convention. In the midst of a constitutional dispute with the party executive, revolving around unelected rival Ellen Durkee's presence on that executive, McGowan and both of his deputy leaders resigned in protest in January 2008 - only to be replaced by Durkee as interim leader.[3]

McGowan had called on the party to uphold its constitution and hold a convention as soon as possible so that a legitimate leader and executive could prepare for the 38th Nova Scotia general election.

Ryan Watson was elected Leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia on Sunday June 29, 2008. Watson, from Halifax, was unopposed in his bid for leadership. Shortly after the 2009 general election Watson announced his intention to stand down at the fall annual meeting. He said that his decision had nothing to do with the election results or the failure of the party to file financial paperwork with Elections Nova Scotia by the April deadline.[4]

On October 31, 2009, John Percy was announced as the new leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia following a leadership contest against Sebastian Ronin. Dawna Toews was Percy's running mate and thus became Deputy Leader of the party. However, Toews moved to Ontario in early 2010 and thus resigned her position. Kris MacLellan was chosen as Deputy Leader by Executive Committee vote in October 2011, prior to the AGM.

At the 2011 Annual General Meeting several policies were reviewed and updated in accordance with the GPNS Constitutional mandate to revisit all policies every three years.


Founding convention[edit]

The party's first convention was held on March 4–5, 2006.[5]

At the convention the Party unanimously approved its constitution which divided powers in a way fairly conventional among worldwide Green Parties: an executive controlled regional relations, regions retained control of their local policies and candidacies, and a policy committee took control of the overall platform and positions taken even during an election. The leader's role was to act as spokesperson and organize his or her most trusted critics as a Shadow Cabinet or (once elected) a Caucus.

Members also voted to support the six principles of the Global Green Charter, elected an executive and chose a Party logo.


Electoral record[edit]

General election # of candidates # of elected candidates # of ridings  % of popular vote # of votes
2006 52 0 52 2.33% 9,411
2009 52 0 52 2.34% 9,636
2013 16 0 51 0.89% 3,698
By-election Date Candidate name  % of popular vote
Cole Harbour—Eastern Passage October 2, 2007 Beverley Skaalrud-Woodfield 4.68%
Antigonish October 20, 2009 Michael Marshall 0.92%[6]
Inverness October 20, 2009 Nathalie Arsenault 2.53%[6]
Yarmouth June 22, 2010 John Percy 0.62%

Election campaigns[edit]

In its first provincial election, less than three months after the founding convention, the party had a full slate of candidates[7] and went on to win 2.33% of the popular vote (9,411 votes).

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