Green Party of Vancouver

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Green Party of Vancouver
Active municipal party
Leader Adriane Carr (de facto)
Chairperson Anthony Hughes[1]
Founded 1984[2]
Headquarters 403-207 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[1]
Ideology Green politics
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation Green Party of Canada
Colours Green
Seats on City Council
1 / 11
Seats on Park Board
2 / 7
Seats on School Board
3 / 9
Website
www.vangreens.ca

The Green Party of Vancouver, founded in 1984,[2] is a municipal political party in Vancouver. It is affiliated with both the provincial Green Party of British Columbia, and the national Green Party of Canada.

Roslyn Cassels was the first elected Green in Canada and was elected to the Vancouver Park Board in the 1999 Vancouver municipal election. In 2005, Andrea Reimer was elected to the Vancouver School Board as a Trustee, and in 2008 Stuart Mackinnon was elected a Park Board Commissioner.

The party nominated Green Party of Canada deputy leader Adriane Carr as their sole nominee for Vancouver City Council during the 2011 Vancouver municipal election.[3] Carr subsequently won the seat.[4][5] Carr retained her council seat during the 2014 Vancouver municipal election, winning with the highest number of votes of any council candidate.[6] School board candidate Janet Fraser and Park Board candidates Michael Wiebe and Stuart Mackinnon were also elected.

The Green Party of Vancouver further increased its seat count following the 2017 Vancouver municipal by-election where all three of the party's school board candidates were elected. The party will run 10 candidates in the 2018 Vancouver municipal election.

Platform[edit]

For the 2014 Vancouver municipal election, the Green Party of Vancouver focused on the following aspects in its platform:

Council Platform[edit]

  • Public interest first
  • Real affordable housing
  • A compassionate, safe, and inclusive city
  • People-centred planning
  • Practical transportation solutions
  • A robust and resilient local economy
  • A genuine green city[7]

Park Board Platform[edit]

  • Community-driven planning
  • Accessible, safe public spaces for everyone
  • Strengthening stakeholder communication
  • Maximizing facility usage with a stronger digital strategy
  • Green initiatives: zero waste, local food systems, and access to nature
  • Parks that focus on natural features
  • Revitalized facility and park infrastructure
  • Outdoor pools and heritage buildings[8]

School Board Platform[edit]

  • Fully funded public schools
  • Inclusive schools to support vulnerable students
  • Schools as the heart of the community
  • Safe schools for everyone
  • Financial sustainability and transparency
  • Healthy schools
  • Genuine green schools[9]

Election Results[edit]

Election Council School Board Park Board Seat change
Vancouver municipal election, 1999 0 0 1 Increase1
Vancouver municipal election, 2002 0 0 0 Decrease1
Vancouver municipal election, 2005 0 1 0 Increase1
Vancouver municipal election, 2008 0 0 1 Steady
Vancouver municipal election, 2011 1 0 0 Steady
Vancouver municipal election, 2014 1 1 2 Increase3

Prior to 2014[edit]

Roslyn Cassels was the first elected Green in Canada and was elected to the Vancouver Park Board in the 1999 Vancouver municipal election. In 2005, Andrea Reimer was elected to the Vancouver School Board as a Trustee, and in 2008 Stuart Mackinnon was elected a Park Board Commissioner.[10]

2014 municipal election[edit]

The Green Party of Vancouver nominated seven candidates for the 2014 Vancouver municipal election, held on November 15th 2014. Adriane Carr received the most votes of any council candidate.[11]

School board candidate Janet Fraser and Park Board candidates Michael Wiebe and Stuart Mackinnon were also elected.

2017 municipal by-election[edit]

The 2017 Vancouver municipal by-election was called to replace a single vacant council seat, due to Geoff Meggs' departure to take on the role of Premier John Horgan's chief of staff. The by-election was also meant to elect a new board of school trustees, who had been dismissed by provincial education minister Mike Bernier after failing to pass a balanced budget and allegations of workplace harassment arose.

The Green Party of Vancouver ran Pete Fry for council and Janet Fraser, Estrellita Gonzalez and Judy Zaichkowsky for school board. All three school trustee candidates were elected, finishing in the top three spots.[12] Non-Partisan Association candidate Hector Bremner was elected to council, and Fry finished a close third behind anti-poverty activist Jean Swanson.

2018 municipal election[edit]

The Green Party of Vancouver nominated 11 candidates to run in the 2018 Vancouver municipal election on June 28th, 2018.[13] School board candidate Nicholas Chernen resigned on July 9th, 2018 after it was discovered that he had failed to disclose his involvement in a pending lawsuit to the party,[14] resulting in the party running four council candidates, three school board candidates, and three park board candidates. Prior to the election, both the Vancouver School Board and Park Board were chaired by Green Party incumbents.[15]

City Council[edit]

Parks Board[edit]

  • Dave Demers
  • Camil Dumont
  • Stuart Mackinnon (incumbent)

School Board[edit]

  • Lois Chan-Pedley
  • Janet Fraser (incumbent)
  • Estrellita Gonzalez (incumbent)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Contact". Green Party of Vancouver. Retrieved 2018-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b "About". Green Party of Vancouver. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  3. ^ Lee, Jeff (12 September 2011). "Adriane Carr hopes to run for Vancouver council as Greens go it alone". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Montgomery, Christina (19 November 2011). "Carr takes surprise council seat as final poll goes Green". Vancouver Observer. Vancouver, British Columbia. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Hui, Stephen (19 November 2011). "Greens' Adriane Carr elected to Vancouver city council". The Georgia Straight. Vancouver, British Columbia. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Stueck, W; Holdsworth, P (2014-11-16). "Green Party of Vancouver grows in power despite one win on council". The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  7. ^ "Green Party of Vancouver Council Platform". Green Party of Vancouver. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  8. ^ "Green Party of Vancouver Park Board Platform". Green Party of Vancouver. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  9. ^ "Green Party of Vancouver School Board Platform". Green Party of Vancouver. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  10. ^ "Election Results: November 15, 2008". City of Vancouver. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  11. ^ "Official results of the 2014 civic election". City of Vancouver. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  12. ^ "2017 by-election results". City of Vancouver. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  13. ^ "Vancouver Greens Nominate 11 Candidates for Civic Election". www.vangreens.ca. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  14. ^ "GREEN PARTY OF VANCOUVER ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE NICHOLAS CHERNEN". www.vangreens.ca. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  15. ^ "Vancouver Greens Nominate 11 Candidates for Civic Election". www.vangreens.ca. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 

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