Happy New Year Young Greens of Canada!
Without a doubt, 2016 was a mixed bag of surprises for the world, and Canada was no exception. We are now over a year into our Liberal majority government, the 42nd Parliament of Canada, and a great deal has transpired in this short time. Pipelines were approved, the Special Electoral Reform Committee visited Canadi-ans from coast to coast to coast, land temperatures reached record highs, awareness was raised nationally about Truth and Reconciliation… Our party even convened twice in a single year, a rather unprecedented occurrence!
It’s been several months since our last message to you, and this first newsletter of 2017 hopes to in-form you of some of the most recent events the Young Greens of Canada have been up to.
Calgary Special General Meeting
It was with the first days of a snowy, Alberta winter that the Green Party of Canada convened in Calgary in the first weekend of December. There was a lot of business that was covered, and while it’s almost impossible to get to all the resolutions put forward for plenary, monumental progress was made on several important issues.
Consensus was the underlying theme of plenary, and to the delight of the YGC, we reached it on nearly all the resolutions presented to the convention. We now have an incredibly progressive stance on the conflict in Israel and
Palestine, we are the first federal party to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, we agreed that while many forms of Proportional Representation have their own, unique benefits, for the sake of simplicity we decided to back Mixed Member Proportional as our favourite choice for PR, though without limiting ourselves to exclusively that. We agreed that a referendum regarding PR could be a good thing; if it were to happen before the next election the choices in said referendum should only include PR options, or we could have it after having at least two elections using a proportional system and Canadians are familiar with its effectiveness.
Adrian Carr, Green councillor for the city of Vancouver, presented her resolution on the Kinder Morgan pipe-line, which the party agreed wholeheartedly on (of course!), and we dedicated our future time, effort and resources to engaging and educating Canadians across the country on the urgency of runaway climate change.
It was a difficult event for youth to access, unfortunately, due to travel costs and conflicting times with mid-terms for students, but we still managed to bring out several Young Greens, including Muna Sonia, Thana Boonlert, Marco Antonio, Eric Glimore, Sky Losier, and of course your YGC councillors William Gagnon, Ian Soutar, Cherie Wong and Jesse Langelier. Thanks to everyone for making the mighty trek out and representing our group and our values as Canadian youth!
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