Kitchener South - Hespeler Greens
Welcome to the Kitchener South - Hespeler Green Party Associations' Home Page. We represent our local interests in both the Green Party of Ontario, and the Green Party of Canada. Local green members of the federal and provincial parties have chosen, from amongst our membership, volunteers to be Executive Members on our Associations in order to manage our community green efforts.
We are here to connect with our neighbours, and to help people understand how electing our green candidates will improve our local communities, contribute to a better province, and build a stronger nation. While we do want our candidates elected, it goes beyond that.
Our vision of democracy includes continuous engagement within our communities. We are citizens of Canada, Ontario, and the Kitchener South- Hespeler riding all the time, not just during election campaigns. We need to elect representatives that will listen to our ideas, and hear our concerns. And we must hold our representatives accountable for how they stand for us in Queen’s Park, or on Parliament Hill. As Green Party members, we believe that representatives should always vote in the best interests of the people that elected them, not the way their party leadership tells them to.
There are a few differences between traditional party structures and those of the Green Parties of Ontario and Canada.
Green Party Members Make Green Party Policy
All political parties have their members debate, vote and pass policy resolutions; However, only the Green Party has their successful membership's resolutions always become binding party policy. Other parties consider their resolutions to only be suggestions, and their leaders are free to push their own agendas or those of the lobbyists they cozy up to, even when those agendas go against the wishes of their membership.
Any citizen can become a Green Party member and make a proposal to be discussed and debated by the membership at large. It becomes our official policy if two thirds of voting members approve of it and it is then binding upon the leader to advocate for it. This is true grassroots democracy.
Creating a better, more fair democracy is a core value of Green parties everywhere. We believe that no party should be able to garner 100% of the power with only 39% of the vote, as our current system allows. We believe electoral reform is needed in the form of proportional representation and multi-partisan collaboration, where a government would represent the voices of all voters.
Representing the Local Voters
We are against whipped voting in parliament and the legislature (where a representative votes as their party leader instructs them.) This is why we also believe in a 100% local nomination process. Elected Greens are bound by their Green Charter to put the interests of their local constituents ahead of the party's political interest.