Federal Council by Shawn Setyo

The most recent in-person Federal Council meeting was one for the books. This past weekend saw many returning members of the council being joined by a few new faces. I feel this particular meeting to be one of our more successful gatherings as a Federal Council. Given that many of us have been working together for the last couple years, there was a sense of comfort and ease when discussing what could have been a tense debate. Because of this familiarity, I feel that the resulting discussions produced decisions that will take us on the path to victory.

 

Topics that were discussed included the budget, election preparation and the importance of Quebec in the national discussion. Each council member shared their view that was unique to their province or region. Which allowed the rest of council to hear another side of the argument that they were not normally exposed to.

 

I am once again impressed and proud of the Young Greens on the council. They carried themselves with dignity and debated with vigor. They voiced the concerns shared amongst many young Canadians and shed some light on issues that haven’t quite reached the mainstream of political discussion. Because GPC’s robust and strong youth engagement policy, we are better equipped to tackle issues that future Canadians will face. I believe this young cohort of council members and staffers will one day be our future leaders.

 

The venue was ideal, given the view, it provided of Parliament and the meals were delicious and vegetarian. In the end, the Federal Council meeting was a prime example of green politics in action. We debated with passion, reached consensus on our decisions, and respected our colleagues. I am proud to have been a part of it.

 

Shawn (far left) with Elizabeth May and other Young Greens on federal council: Cherie Wong, William Gagnon, Ian Soutar and Thana Boonlert.

Shawn (far left) with Elizabeth May and other Young Greens on federal council: Cherie Wong, William Gagnon, Ian Soutar and Thana Boonlert.