Green Party of Canada

Elizabeth May's Faith Goes Beyond the Environment

An article in Embassy by Brian Adeba discusses a lunch he had with Green Party leader Elizabeth May.

Though her journey to parliament is still just a dream, Ms. May–just like Jack Layton, who was not an MP when he was chosen as leader of the NDP–is always on the Hill at Question Period. Courtesy of House Speaker Peter Milliken, she's been assigned a seat in the diplomatic gallery. Mr. Layton, she says, had it easy. He was allowed into the foyer and this enabled him to do scrums with reporters. For a while, she was allowed into the hallways to talk to the media, but that quickly changed.

"Someone complained. I don't know who, but I can guess," she says.

Canadians want Green Party leader in debates, poll shows

A Canadian Newswire press release includes:

The survey asked 1,500 Canadians how they would vote if it was their decision whether to include the Green Party leader. The results: 27.3% were strongly in favour, 49.9% in favour, 13.2% neither in favour nor against, 6.4% against and 3.2% strongly against.

Elizabeth May on CBC and CTV

Demonstrating how media savvy she can be, Elizabeth May can be seen on CBC's One on One with Peter Mansbridge ( CBC Newsworld this weekend at the following times: Saturday at 4:30pm and 9:30pm, Sunday at 12:30am, 5:30am and 3:30pm, and on the main CBC network Sunday at 3:00pm.) and CTV's Question Period (Sundays at Noon).

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Green Party of Canada - Media Release

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Ottawa, Dec. 14 - More than 660,000 Canadians voted for the Green Party in the last federal election and the latest public opinion polls show that the Green vote will be in the millions in the next election.

With its historic second-place finish in the recent London North Centre by-election, beating both the Conservative and NDP candidates, the Green Party confirmed its status as the fastest growing political party in Canada.

But party leader Elizabeth May is not yet allowed to participate in the leaders' debates during the upcoming general election which will likely be called early in the new year.

Matt G. Greenwood (Kamloops - Thompson - Cariboo, Green Party of Canada)

Hi there Russell

First, my sincere apologies for the lateness of my reply. I had meant to get to all of this much sooner, but things being what they are on a small campaign, this is the first "day off" I've had in quite awhile!

I'll try to answer your questions in order. I'd certainly agree to having the answers published, though I recognize that there's little point so late in the game. Again, my apologies.

* There has been a call from people like Michael Geist for candidates and parties to take the "copyright pledge" that states that:

I would take that pledge in a second.

Brent Wood (Peterborough, Green Party of Canada): constituent letter reply

(A reply to a constituent, posted with permission)

Hi Trevor - this is an excellent question. I've been interested in copyright law since I was young. I recall having a 90 minute discussion on this with the University librarian at the the University of Guelph when I was an undergraduate English student. Personally, as a musician, I was schooled in approaches to coypright by my favourite musical artists - in fact, probably the two best American dance bands of the 1970s- the Grateful Dead and Parliament/Funkadelic. The Dead allowed free taping of all their shows, which ended up spreading their fame far and wide and bringing more and more people to the fold, and we now have a nearly-perfect record of their work as a result. George Clinton, leader of P-Funk, saw the drive to collage-music in hiphop and instead of sueing hiphop artists who sampled his sounds and riffs, he put out a CD called "Sample Some of Dis, Sample Some of DAT". Hiphop reworkings of his music have led to a continual popularity for the band since they stopped putting out new material, and their original work is still a consistent seller 30 years later. My favourite art-form is collage - musical, textual and visual. These would not be possible under restricted copying privileges. If we buy a piece of information, we must have the right to manipulate the material in which that information is embodied, even if we do not have the right to reproduce it for the purposes of sale.

Brent Wood
Candidate, Peterborough Green Party of Canada

Stephen Eli Harris (St. John's East, Green Party of Canada)

Russell,

Thank you for writing and requesting information regarding Green Party Policy. Please find attached the answers to the concerns you've raised.

Also, I invite you to check out the Blog I've created for the Green Party in Newfoundland and Labrador: http://newfoundlandgreenparty.blogspot.com.

Thank you,
Stephen



Stephen Eli Harris
Green Party Candidate (St. John's East)

Response from Neil Adair

Neil Adair has responsed to my letter. Reprinted with his permission.


Thanks for the questions. I have previously replied to the CIPPIC
questionnaire.

Copyright and patent law has got way out of hand and now actively
stifles innovation. That was not its' purpose when first instituted,
quite the opposite.

Although it is not in our 2006 platform we do have a policy to institute
open source software and open standards in government should we be elected.
I use Linux myself and all the GPC websites are on LAMP. It's an area
where it's easy to practice wh

Monica Jarabek (London West, Green Party of Canada)

Monica Jarabek campaign sent me a copy of the Green Party reply to CIPPIC's questions.

Ms. Jarabek adds:

I will make a point of reading them to better understand the situation. If/when I am elected MP we will have to sit down over tea and really get the bottom of your issue.
Thanks
Monica

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