The Green Party of

Kitchener South & Hespeler

WELCOMES YOU!

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the Kitchener South - Hespeler Green Party Associations are working on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe and Attawandaron (Neutral) people. We recognize the intertwined connections between climate justice, Indigenous rights, and social justice. We commit to doing our part to ensure Indiginous sovereignty and leadership is in the heart of our fight for a safe climate, preservation of biodiversity, and socially just communities.

NOTICE of Nomination Contest
December 9th, 2021 at 7pm

Our search for nominees to represent us in next year's provincial election as Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Kitchener South-Hespeler has resulted in two possible candidates. For their bios and the nominaton meeting information, click here.

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.

The Green Difference

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.

Proportional Representation

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.

Our Kitchener South - Hespeler Green Party candidates will listen to you and will have your interests at heart; this one theme will always be true. We want to further a just society that is compassionate, honest and ethical - making quality of life a priority.

We believe in doing politics differently. If you share our values and our vision for local participatory politics, take a positive step - JOIN US!

Green Party of Ontario Leader
Mike Schreiner

At the Annual General Meeting for the GPO, our green leader's 2021 keynote address was a highlight that you will want to hear and share. A great MPP for Guelph, we are so proud to have Mike Schreiner speaking up at Queen's Park, for all of us.

(His address starts
at the 4 minute mark.)

Hear Mike's Address

Green Party of Canada
Interim
Leader - Amita Kuttner

Dr Amita Kuttner was appointed Interim Leader of the Green Party of Canada on November 24, 2021. A leadership contest will begin within six months.

Amita Kuttner (they/he) holds a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz; their research focused on black holes, wormholes, quantum effects, and the early universe. While at university, Amita led advocacy groups supporting the inclusion of marginalized people in the sciences, and scientists in the political process. Amita co-founded and served as director for Moonlight Institute, a non-profit that develops climate, tech, and decolonial policy, as well as frameworks for a just and equitable future. Amita is the youngest, the first trans person and the first person of east Asian descent to lead a major Canadian political party.

Amita was the Green Party of Canada candidate in Burnaby North-Seymour in the 2019 election, while serving as the party’s science and innovation critic and bringing forward policy on artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. They then ran for leadership of the Party in 2020, and volunteered locally during the 2021 election.

Moving things for the better - is best done together!

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