Before proceeding to Larry Waldinger’s answers to my seven questions for our leadership candidates I wanted to issue a quick apology. I had intended to post his response yesterday, but time just seemed to get away from me. For that, I am sorry.
Victor Lau has yet to respond.
What inspired you to put your name forward for party leadership?
I sensed that it would help the party and my campaign at the same time. Also, some people I spoke to were enthusiastic about me running.
What one issue do you feel should be the priority for our provincial election platform?
It is hard to separate which is more important people and planet or planet and people. If we don’t come to grips with climate change it will cause a lot of damage to the planet and a lot of misery to the people, so what I like to say is that climate change is our “signature issue”. If I had to choose I would say that climate change is the thing, but we need to balance a little sacrifice now with avoiding mass misery later.
How will you juggle work, family, and leadership duties leading into the provincial election?
I will balance all of my responsibilities the way I have been and the way I continue to do each day. It’s not that complicated. I will work hard at all of my responsibilities. My union (ATU615) has negotiated the luxury for its members of being able to arrange time off from work, so I am able to put my work responsibility on the back burner for a while. In fact I have been doing that for some time. That makes the juggling act much more easy.
Can you please tell us a little about what first brought you into “a life political”?
I felt an overwhelming need to do something about the many crisis facing us. I started with a donation to the GPS, followed it with an offer of volunteer help, and it all just seemed to flow naturally to where I am at now.
When did you first identify as a Green?
I think it is in my DNA
Why should we vote for you?
People should vote for me because of the passion, energy, and innovation that I have already brought to the table. Since 2010 I have been active, loyal, and dedicated to the GPS. I have experience in leadership positions. Same applies to my candidacy in the Saskatchewan general election to be held on November 7, 2011.
Where can we go to learn a little more about you?
Google me, click on one of the many links below, or use some of the contact information below to contact me directly:
Or may I suggest to you that you go to the leadership convention…
Because of my recent problems with the Green Party of Canada (and the reason I am not running this election – SEE HERE) I have had to seriously look at my options. Voting Green was not the no-brainer that it typically is for me. Do I support the party who’s organizer treated me so shabbily? Do I support them despite this egregious error?
The way I was treated seriously made me fear for the future of the Green Party here in Canada. What makes the Greens different is that the party treats every voice the same, gives every person a say. They have always been a grassroots political party. But the way I was treated made me wonder if this is still true for the GPC… because clearly I don’t matter to the party. Elizabeth May took the time to listen, and to care, but as a figurehead she has little input into how the party is run (which is as it should be).
In the end, what has brought me back to the national Greens, is this: The principles the party was founded on are still the same principles I believe in. Every Green Party in the world bases policy on these same six principles, and no other Canadian party can say the same. I believe in the principles of the Green Party. Regardless of anything else, I must vote with my principles.
Respect for Diversity
While I am disappointed in how I was treated, and how the local candidates all appear to be running completely non-visible campaigns… my devotion to these principles is still the same as it has always been. So come May 2nd, I will be voting Green. My support for the GPC may be wavering, but I am still a Green (both as a politician and activist).