No Green Party Candidate Yet as the Party Organizes in New Federal Electoral Boundaries
The local chapter of the federal Green Party re-organizing in the new riding of South Okanagan West Kootenay (SOWK), is holding its AGM in Penticton on Saturday Nov 22.
“While there have been some individuals expressing interest in running on behalf of the GPC, no decision has been made about a candidate at this time. That process of selection will be put in motion at the AGM.” says EDA board member Celeste Kitchen.
When the writ drops in 2015, new federal election boundaries come into place that will combine the geographically and socially diverse populations of Penticton, Naramata, Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Rock Creek, Midway, Greenwood, Christina Lake, Castlegar, Trail, Rossland, Winlaw, Slocan, Nakusp, New Denver, and all points in between.
The Green Party has doubled its representation of MPs in the House of Commons since the last election and elected Green MLAs in BC and New Brunswick. Elizabeth May is widely seen as one of the most effective members in parliament.
Celeste is hopeful for the next election: “A recent Nanos poll suggest that 31% of Canadians are considering voting green,” she said. “If either the Conservatives or Liberals win a minority mandate, Greens could hold the balance of power.”
The Green Party ‘s AGM in the new riding of SOWK is taking place on Saturday November 22nd at the Shatford Centre in Penticton between 1:30 and 4:30pm. There will be a potluck after the meeting.
Please visit www.sowk.ca for more information.
The GPC encourages all politically interested citizens to get involved in the democratic process.