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.

Get the information for our provincial nomination process in KSH.


The application deadline

is the 16th of October 2021.

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 Canada News on
Annamie Paul's Leadership

The Green Party of Canada Constitution Bylaw 2.1.4.5 requires a mandatory leadership review within six months after an election is concluded. The Federal Council voted on September 24th, 2021 to initiate the process, with voting to occur between October 26th and November 25th. Engaging this process is not indicative of any anticipated results of support or non-confidence in a leader. It is a mandatory process within the Green Party of Canada.

On September 27th at 11:00 am, Annamie Paul held a press conference without taking any questions after making her statement. She announced her intention to step down from her position as party leader. This led media and members to report she had resigned and it seemed the leadership review would not be necessary. She met with Federal Council of the Green Party at 4 pm, and denied she had actually resigned - but only gave public notice of her intention to step down on an unspecified date.

It appears that voting in the mandatory leadership review will still be undertaken as is required by the Green Party Constitution, unless Annamie Paul does file her resignation papers. When either course removes her as leader, the Green Party of Canada will have an interim leader announced and a new leadership contest will be undertaken at that time.

Our Recent KSH
Green Party MP Candidate
Gabe Rose

The 44th Federal Election was held September 20th, a campaign lasting a very short 36 days. We thank Gabe Rose who ran as our Green Party MP Candidate for Kitchener South - Hespeler at a time which was a great challenge and personal sacrifice for himself. Gabe - we appreciate your service and willingness to represent us!

Gabe can be contacted at
gabrielmlrose@gmail.com
or (226) 476-4529

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

Moving things for the better - is best done together!

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