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…
Today I’d intended to write about the girlie heading back to school… and nothing else. I mean, honestly. That’s big enough a topic, isn’t it? But then, like everything in my life the last few weeks, it just seemed to be one thing after another today.
Ever since Camp fYrefly wrapped up, it really has been one thing after another keeping me from finishing up camp associated work. It’s a little frustrating. And today was no different. Just one more thing added to the heap. Today I got the news that Larissa is stepping down from the provincial Greens.
I don’t know all the details, but I imagine it is health related. Larissa and I have many of the same diagnosis, and for her age and maturity level, she has handled them better than I did at the same point in my life. Today most of my physical issues don’t weigh very heavily on me – but it’s only because of years full of coping experience. Six or seven years ago, I wasn’t in the same place I am now and I know Larissa must be drained. Being the leader of a provincial party can take a lot out of a healthy individual, and it can have a brutal effect on someone who’s health isn’t tip top.
The Green Party of Saskatchewan is losing a great leader today. Larissa’s passion, vigor, and knowledge served us well for these last years. Her dedication and dreams of a better Saskatchewan inspired many. Thank you Larissa, for everything. You will be missed.
The executive will now have to gear up for a special leadership race and election – in addition to gearing up for the provincial election coming in November. As the President of the party, I can assure you, we will all be working very hard to ensure every member of the party has a chance to voice their concerns, and to have their thoughts heard. If you are interested in possibly running, do let me know. I’ll make sure your name is brought forward to the board.
So… back to school. LOL It would have been plenty to attend with today. But that’s just not how the chips fell. Here’s the girlie on our walk to school today. Sling pack on, and ready to go. And yes! We totally glittered up and embellished the pack – just how she wanted it. 😉