Not a "Single Issue"Party

What I like so very much about Andrew's approach is that, slowly but very surely, he's riding the Party of the "Single Issue" label that bedevils the Greens at all levels. Yes, the environment is the most important issue but we'll only appear ready to govern when we have meaningful policies on: education, treatment of seniors, affordable housing, ending poverty, and all the other social justice issues that are crying for attention in the province.

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  • Andre Piver
    tagged this with Important 2017-02-07 20:50:00 -0800
  • David MacDonald
    commented 2016-12-19 15:10:59 -0800
    Thank you Richard and gentlemen all (where the hell are the Green Women?). I really think the majority of voters, not committed BC Greens but the “undecided” or “uninterested”, until the writ is dropped, want a party with a complete platform. I appreciate Gary’s remark but that is not the way the mainstream media portrays us – when they bother to mention us at all.
  • Richard Gibbons
    commented 2016-12-16 16:09:42 -0800
    This is the most important thing to me as a voter—I absolutely need the holistic party that Bill Masse and David Macdonald describe. It’s nonsensical to be a party that focuses exclusively on the environment. The environment is an issue I care a lot about, but I also want my kids to be well educated in school, my parents to not die from poor healthcare, and my family to have a place to live. If you have nothing to say about the last three things, that I don’t care what you say about the environment because you’re not actually trying to be a serious contender for political office.
  • Gary Blidook
    commented 2016-12-14 19:57:10 -0800
    What brought me to the Green’s (Federal at least) three years ago was the “Participatory Democracy”. If we can put real democracy in place, people’s efforts will not be so divided. Division is what the current governments want. I also thought Green’s were only “tree huggers” before I joined. People out there want a say in what we do, focus on democracy and make sure the party works in a democratic way as well. Maybe we need to change from “environmentalists” to “futurists” or something else, as this now seems to bring about confrontation. We need to get the word out that we actually want to create jobs and counter the “job creation” BS that the Liberals are slinging around. Putting 30 and 40 year old trees on a slash pile so we can take the best is not good forest management. Shipping coal and iron ore overseas is not good resource management. We need to stop being a banana republic.
  • Bill Masse
    commented 2016-12-14 13:55:04 -0800
    David as Research and Policy Chair and Vice Chair of the Platform Policy Advisory Committee I want to thank you for your input. I would point out that as stated in our BC Green Policy, we are grounded in our commitment to the environment but we take a holistic view. We recognize that the the economy, society, the environment and government are all interconnected. The mainstream parties tend to have a single focus on the short term. That’s what makes us different.
  • John Campbell
    commented 2016-12-05 16:19:50 -0800
    I disagree, at least with an extreme reading of this suggestion. We face the danger of becoming another mainstream party on the fringes.

    Our strong suit is our championing of the environment. This issue is growing in favor and when the populace is suffering the direct effects of global warming and the sixth mass extinction they will remember who showed leadership on this issue. In the meantime, while it may be prudent to build out our policies on other issues, we should continue to focus on developing an ecologically sensitive platform.
  • John Campbell
    tagged this with unimportant 2016-12-05 16:19:49 -0800
  • Gary Blidook
    commented 2016-12-04 22:46:07 -0800
    We haven’t been a single issue party for a long time.
  • David MacDonald
    published this page in Make a suggestion 2016-12-01 21:17:08 -0800
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