Green Party of Nova Scotia

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Green Party of Nova Scotia
Provincial Party
LeaderThomas Trappenberg
PresidentCharlene Boyce, Anthony Edmonds
Deputy LeaderJessica Alexander
Founded2006 (2006)
HeadquartersHalifax, Nova Scotia
Seats in House of Assembly
0 / 51

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.

As of November 2015 it emphasized that "the Green Party embraces the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (Nova Scotia) [2] and the Nova Scotia Genuine Progress Index (GPI)..."[3] - [5]. The GPNS executive is organized regionally.


Nick Wright of Halifax, Nova Scotia won its first contested leadership nomination race over Green Party of Canada candidate and organizer Sheila Richardson of Wolfville, Nova Scotia.[4]

In May 2007, Wright was replaced by Ken McGowan, but resigned in protest with both his deputies in a constitutional struggle over unelected rival Ellen Durkee's presence on the executive - to be replaced by Durkee as interim leader.

Ryan Watson was elected Leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia on Sunday June 29, 2008. Watson, from Halifax, was unopposed and contested the Nova Scotia general election, 2009. The party failed to file financial paperwork with Elections Nova Scotia by the April deadline, but when Watson resigned he denied this was the reason.[5]

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. Percy made a point of emphasizing politicians of other political stripes he admired including Joe Clark, Ed Broadbent, Stephen Lewis and Peter Stoffer.

After the Nova Scotia general election, 2013 in which it fielded only 16 candidates in 51 districts, the party was largely dormant and invisible in NS politics. Leader John Percy was also Veterans Affairs Critic in the Green Party of Canada Shadow Cabinet,[6] and this was an active file during the Stephen Harper regime until its demise in the Canadian general election, 2015. Percy resigned in 2015 and was replaced by interim leader Brynn Nheiley.

The party was to hold a leadership convention on February 6, 2016 however no one came forward to run for leader.[7][8]

After this experience of near-collapse, Thomas Trappenberg was elected leader in November 2016. He and Deputy Leader Jessica Alexander led the party in the 2017 election, where the party ran 32 candidates and received 2.78 percent of the vote. This was the highest total ever achieved by the Party, both in terms of total votes and percentage, though the Party did not elect any Members.


Founding convention[edit]

The party's first convention was held on March 4–5, 2006.[9][10]

At the convention the Party unanimously approved its constitution which divided powers in a way fairly conventional among 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. Leaders and deputies would run together on a "ticket" for continuity and to assess leader judgement of persons before they are elected to the critical role.

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


Election results 2006-2017[edit]

Election Leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
2006 Nick Wright 9,411 2.33
0 / 52
Steady 0 Steady None No Seats
2009 Ryan Watson 9,636 2.34
0 / 52
Steady 0 Steady None No Seats
2013 John Percy 3,698 0.89
0 / 51
Steady 0 Steady None No Seats
2017 Thomas Trappenberg 11,073 2.78
0 / 51
Steady 0 Steady None No seats

Election campaigns[edit]

In its first provincial election, less than three months after the founding convention, the party had a full slate of candidates[12] and went on to win 2.33% of the popular vote (9,411 votes).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity (EGSPA) | EGSPA | Nova Scotia Environment". 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  3. ^ "The GPI ~ GPI Atlantic". 1962-10-20. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  4. ^ [2] Archived April 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Retrieved July 28, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  6. ^ "Leadership « Green Party of Nova Scotia". Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  7. ^ "February will bring Your Opportunity for New Green Party NS Leadership « Green Party of Nova Scotia". September 26, 2015. Archived from the original on December 26, 2015. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 18, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "Search | The Chronicle Herald". Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  10. ^ [3] Archived March 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "GPNS Executive & Contacts". Halifax, Nova Scotia: Green Party of Nova Scotia. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  12. ^ [4] Archived June 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.

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