More GPC Leadership Contest Events

GPC Leadership events are coming fast and furious as the end of the contest draws near.

Green Party of Canada Leadership Contestants Meryam Haddad, Glen Murray, Annamie Paul, Dimitri Lascaris, Amita Kuttner, Andrew West, David Merner and Courtney Howard

In case you missed it, here’s a link to the Green Party of Canada Leadership Debate hosted by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, What to do about Climate Change?

TONIGHT: September 20th, 2020

Heartwood Institute GPC Leadership Debate

There’s another Green Party of Canada Leadership Debate tonight, hosted by the Heartwood InstituteThis event plans to focus on how our potential Leaders would go about getting more Green MPs elected and grow the Green movement at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.  You can REGISTER HERE:

Off the Grid:
Sadly Meryam Haddad won’t be able to attend the Heartwood event as she will be hosting her Watermelon Revolution Convention.  Convention events start in the afternoon, so it will be possible to catch at least some of it before the Heartwood Debate.To participate in the Q & A you can REGISTER HERE:
Watermelon Revolution Schedule
4:30 (ET) Land Back
5:20 Police Abolition
6:10 Green Jobs
7:00 Building a Coalition
7:45 Chat with Meryam

Or watch the Livestream Here:

Things to Come

French Language Green Party of Canada Leadership Debate
Details are still being worked out for this one, scheduled to happen on September 25th, the last day before voting begins.  Check out the GPC Leadership Contest Page for details.

October 3rd, 2020: Election night!

At long last, the ballots will be counted and the new leader of the Green Party will be announced. Contestants will gather in Ottawa for the results and we encourage you to join us virtually! Follow the excitement as the GPC broadcasts it live on Youtube and Facebook.

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TONIGHT: Why Canada needs Guaranteed Livable Basic Income

Bob Jonkman looks over "What is Basic Income" handout at the at the Ontario Liberal Party's Waterloo Region Basic Income Consultation

at the Ontario Liberal Party’s Basic Income Consultation, Waterloo Region (January, 2017)

Thursday, September 17, 2020 – 19:00 to 20:30

Tonight you’re invited to join Green Party MP Paul Manly as he hosts a virtual national town hall with Coalition Canada: Basic Income in discussion about the Guaranteed Livable Basic Income.  The panel of experts will explain the basics, consider the benefits, and bust some myths about basic income.


  • Senator Kim Pate: An independent senator who has advanced the national conversation around basic income. Senator Pate is a nationally renowned advocate who has spent nearly 40 years working in and around the legal and penal systems of Canada, with and on behalf of some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized — particularly imprisoned youth, men and women.
  • Tracy Smith Carrier: Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at King’s University College at Western University. Dr. Smith-Carrier’s research and policy analysis, examines if, and how, marginalized groups access programs and services in the post-welfare state. Her current research projects involve examining trends in intergenerational social assistance receipt, research on charitable and justice models of social support, human rights, and the design and delivery of basic income. She is Chair of Basic Income, London Ontario.
  • Evelyn Forget: Economist and Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Forget’s research has focused on the data associated with a basic income field experiment conducted in Manitoba in the 1970s. She has been consulted by governments in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Finland, the Netherlands and Scotland on this topic. Her research has been featured on CBC Ideas, PBS Marketplace, and in the documentary The Free Lunch Society. An updated edition of her book, Basic Income for Canadians, is due out Oct. 12th.
  • Robert Case: Associate Professor of Social Development Studies at Renison University College, Waterloo, and Chair of the Wellington Water Watchers, a Guelph-based water advocacy organization. Dr. Case’s research and teaching interests include social welfare policy; community organization; community resilience, localism and community-based activism; social development and the environment; social ecology.
  • Monika Ciolek: Monika was a participant in the Ontario Basic Income pilot project. She is a sole support parent and a self-represented performance artist based out of Hamilton, Ontario. Having spent 14 years on Ontario Works, and over 20 years learning her industry, Monika has dealt with issues of women’s rights within the cultural sector.

Live simultaneous French translation will be provided.


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Green Party Leadership: Foreign Policy

Green Party of Canada 2020 Leadership Contest logoThe Green Party’s 2020 Leadership Contest continues with a foreign policy debate organized by and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.

Register for the Webinar at:

Thursday, 10 September 2020 at 7:00pm EDT

Poster: Canada's Place In The World | Green Party of Canada Leadership Debate | Thursday September 10, 2020 | 7:00pm | Register Now. | organized by and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute | Moderated by journalist Judy Rebick

You’ll be able to watch it on Youtube:

Or sign up for the Facebook event:

Although the deadline to join the Green Party of Canada to vote for leader is past, non-members are invited to follow the race.  Our original field of ten candidate nominees has been reduced to eight on the ballot:

(of course, you can join the Green Party of Canada at any time, then you can participate in other GPC activities!)

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If you want to vote, the clock is ticking #GPCleadership2020

Poster showing the 8 GPC Leadership Candidate Nominees

Check out the candidates official bios at

It’s not too late! You have until tomorrow– Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 to join the Green Party of Canada (or renew your lapsed membership) in time to vote for the next Green Party of Canada Leader.

Judy N Green has withdrawn her candidacy and thrown her support behind David Merner, so now the candidate nominees are down to 8:

Join the Green Party of Canada

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Help choose our new Leader: Join the GPC

The Green Party of Canada isn’t quite like any other Canadian political party.  Which is why our Green Party leaders are not like other party leaders.

The GPC is a truly grass root party: our policy is developed by the membership.  Green Party members are united by six core values, and these values have shaped party policy.   Our party leader isn’t the boss who tells us what to do: our leader is the spokesperson who shares our vision and our policies with Canadians.

In the past, defenders of the status quo have dismissed Green ideas as impractical or unrealistic.  But in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, suddenly the GPC Guaranteed Livable Income policy has been piloted by CERB, the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.  And Canadians can see this makes sense.

The world is changing, and Green Voices are being heard.  This means we need to be sure to choose the best all around candidate to lead the way forward for Greens.  We are fortunate to have 9 excellent candidates to choose from.

If you are not yet a member, but are interested in Green Policy, maybe its time you joined.  If you become a member September 3rd, 2020, you will have the opportunity to help decide who will lead the Greens through this critical time.

Join the Green Party of Canada

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Ontario Townhall with GPC Leadership Contestants

Thursday, July 30th, 2020 | 7:30pm-8:30pm | Meet The Candidates | Ontario 2020 | Green Party of Canada 2020 Leadership Contest | Digital Townhall with GPC Leadership Contestants | Register! |

Don’t miss our regional GPC Leadership townhall on Thursday Night for your chance to hear the leadership contestants discuss Ontario issues!

Got questions for the Candidates?  Submit them in advance!
Register NOW!!

Event Date

Thursday, July 30, 2020 – 19:00 to 20:30 EDT

Green Party website: Ontario Townhall with GPC Leadership Contestants

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Green Party Leadership 2020

Green Party of Canada/Parti Vert Leadership candidates Judy N Green, Amita Kuttner, David Merner, Glen Murray, Annamie Paul, Meryam Haddad, Courtney Howard, Dimitri Lascaris, Dylan Perceval-Maxwell and Andrew West.When Elizabeth May stepped down as leader, it triggered a Green Party of Canada Leadership Contest.  When the dust settled there were 10 excellent Candidates:

1st Debate: Fair Vote Canada presents the Green Leadership Debate on Democracy

2nd Debate: The Agenda with Steve Paikin​ presents Who Will Lead the Federal Green Party?

The first half of the Green Party Debate will air on The Agenda on TVO tonight, June 23rd, 2020, and the second part will run tomorrow night, June 24th, 2020.

UPDATE: Dylan Perceval-Maxwell is no longer a leadership candidate.

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Green Party Leadership Debates

This is an exciting year for the Green Party, as ten excellent candidates compete in the quest to find a new leader to become the spokesperson for the ​.

On Tuesday and Wednesday you’re invited to meet our Leadership Contestants as they face off in the Green Debates with Steve Paikin on The Agenda.

Watch live on all TVO’s Facebook, Twitter or Youtube pages as the debates will be streamed consecutively from 3:00 pm. – 4:10 pm (ET) via The Agenda with Steve Paikin​’s Facebook page, the Agenda’s Twitter Periscope page (, and YouTube channel (

TVO viewers can tune in via broadcast at 8:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.over two nights:

June 23 for debate one, and

June 24 for debate two


will feature Judy N. GreenAmita Kuttner​, David Merner​, Glen Murray, and Annamie Paul​.


will feature Meryam Haddad​, Dr. Courtney Howard​, Dimitri Lascaris​, Dylan Perceval-Maxwell, and Andrew West.

GlobeNewsWire: TVO to Host Green Party of Canada Leadership Debates

Green Party Leadership Debates  | with Steve Paikin on The Agenda | Tuesday 3pm EDT on TVO social channels (text on a green background with pictures of 10 candidates)

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Guest appearance on “Let’s Chit Chat with Narine Dat”

On Wednesday, 8 January 2020 I had the pleasure of being a guest on Narine Dat Sookram’s radio show, Let’s Chit Chat with Narine Dat.

We talked about computer consulting, community involvement, and, of course, politics.

"Let's Chit Chat with Narine Dat" is LIVE with Bob Jonkman, Computer Consultant & Politician. Interview starts right at 10 am eastern time…..Always putting People before Profit!

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Facebook: Let’s Chit Chat with Narine Dat – Radio Talk Show (starts at about 6m00s)

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Canada tops the charts for poor vehicle fuel economy

[Guest Post by Blake Shaffer, PhD, University of Calgary]

Usually when Canada is at the top of an international ranking, it’s cause for celebration.

Not this time.

A recent report by the International Energy Agency shows that Canada’s vehicles have the highest average fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre driven. They are also the largest and the second heaviest in the world.

In short: Canadian vehicles are big, heavy and guzzle a lot of gasoline. For a country that is championing its climate action, how do we square these facts?

An international comparison of vehicle emissions.
Data source: International Energy Agency; Chart by Blake Shaffer

Many point to Canada’s vast land area — often connected with less-than-ideal roads and highways — and our cold climate as reasons for requiring more substantial vehicles. These arguments are not convincing.

More than 80 per cent of Canadians live in urban or suburban areas where a more modest vehicle suffices for most activities.

In terms of vast distances, that actually calls for better fuel efficiency, not worse. And if cold weather is the excuse for buying an SUV, similarly frigid countries — Sweden, Finland and Iceland — have all managed to survive with lower-emitting vehicles.

So what explains Canada’s preference for gas guzzlers?

Fuel economy standards

North American vehicle manufacturers produce larger cars than their European and Asian counterparts. This in part reflects consumer preferences, but it is also the result of marketing campaigns and economies of scale in production that push buyers towards SUVs.

Fuel economy standards in Canada and the United States act to reverse this pressure, pushing manufacturers to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles. In part they have worked: the average fuel consumption of cars and trucks has fallen substantially since 2005. Even so, Canada’s average fuel consumption trend has flatlined recently, with almost no improvement since 2013.

Average fuel consumption for Canadian vehicles, 2005-2017.
Data source: International Energy Agency; Chart by Blake Shaffer

The slowdown in fuel economy improvements has a lot to do with the types of vehicles Canadians buy. The Toyota Camry and Honda Civic, once the mainstays of the average Canadian family, have given way to Ford F-150s and Dodge Rams.

The shift towards trucks, including SUVs, crossovers and minivans, in the past decade has been phenomenal. And before fingers point at places like Alberta, this is a trend seen across every province in Canada.

New vehicles sales in Canada shows a big shift towards trucks.
Data source: Statistics Canada. Chart by Blake Shaffer

Is bigger better?

Canadians say they are now buying trucks in droves because they are safer.

The common wisdom is that bigger, heavier cars are safer in a collision. This is half right. Vehicle weight does affect the likelihood of a fatality from a collision, but only in a relative sense.

An international comparison of vehicle weight.
Data source: International Energy Agency; Chart by Blake Shaffer

When similar-sized vehicles collide, it makes little difference to safety outcomes whether it is large-on-large or small-on-small. However, when a large vehicle collides with a small one, the results are (unsurprisingly) far worse for the small vehicle’s passengers.

This introduces the notion of vehicle-size externalities: buying a larger car imposes safety costs on drivers of smaller cars. It also raises the prospect of a vehicle arms race, with drivers buying ever-larger cars in order to protect themselves, when safety would be just as effective if everyone drove similar, smaller vehicles.

It comes down to cost

Far and away the biggest reason for Canada’s fuel inefficient vehicles comes down to cost. Simply put, the cost to purchase and operate a gas guzzler in Canada (or the U.S.) is far less than the rest of the world.

This cost difference comes in two forms: upfront charges for vehicle registration and gas prices.

In Europe, vehicle registrations are often based on the vehicle’s fuel economy or emissions profile. In France, for example, car buyers face a sliding “bonus-malus” scale (or “feebate”). High-emitting vehicles incur a registration charge up to €10,000 while zero-emission vehicles receive €6,000 in rebates. And in Norway, where new vehicles are subject to a 25 per cent value-added tax and up to €10,000 in registration fees, electric vehicles are exempt from both charges. It is little wonder that Norway has highest share of new sales of electric passenger cars.

Plug-in electric vehicle share of new car sales (2018); ACEA, CAAM, InsideEVs, KAIDA

These upfront charges are often seen as alternatives to carbon taxes to shift consumers towards smaller, less emitting vehicles. And as Norway has shown, they can be effective.

However, other research has shown feebates are less cost effective than fuel or carbon taxes in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon taxes are better at targeting high-mileage drivers, and penalizing a gas guzzler that is driven sparingly can be a very ineffective (and costly) way to reduce emissions.

Pain at the pump

But perhaps the most significant reason Canadians drive less-efficient vehicles is gas prices. There is a clear correlation between the price of gasoline and the average fuel consumption of vehicles. Where gas prices are low, as they are in Canada and the U.S., fuel consumption tends to be high.

An international comparison of gasoline prices and average vehicle fuel consumption.
Data source: IEA and World Bank; Chart by Blake Shaffer

While most people focus on the role of carbon taxes to reduce emissions by discouraging driving, higher gas prices can also affect the choice of which vehicle to buy.

In the aptly named article “Frugal cars or frugal drivers?,” economists Werner Antweiler and Sumeet Gulati from the University of British Columbia looked at driver response to the provincial carbon tax.

They found that people started purchasing and driving more fuel efficient vehicles. According to their calculations, without B.C.’s carbon tax fuel, demand per capita would be seven per cent higher and the average vehicle’s fuel efficiency would be four per cent lower.

Carbon taxes may be unpopular with many, but they play an important role in determining what vehicles are on the road now — and in the future.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0) license.  Read the original article.

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