270, 49, 815 and 4: the numbers tell the story.
270 FOREST FIRES
270 fires were burning in British Columbia on the day this election was called.
The temperature hit 49°C in Lytton, B.C. this June, and the ongoing drought on the prairies is the worst ever recorded.
815 Canadians died suddenly in June because of the devastating heat dome.
A fourth wave of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic is underway as our children head back to school, and businesses attempt to re-open.
There was a time when calling an election under these circumstances would have been unimaginable; a time when any one of these events would have provoked an emergency recall of Parliament. Instead, we find ourselves in an election.
Public health has lost out to partisan ambition, and common sense has lost out to the quest for power.
It is now up to you what happens next and who will be sent to Ottawa to work for you. I believe Canadians are ready to be daring and choose to send more Greens to Ottawa.
I believe that the people of Canada are ready for change. The pandemic has provoked a desire to strike out in a new direction towards a better destination.
My election as Green Party Leader was an historic moment for Canada. In electing me leader, the Green Party of Canada proved, once again, that big things are still possible. In these unprecedented times, that is exactly what we need: a party that is matched to the moment because it believes that big things are still ahead for Canada.
In my past 11 months as Leader, I have emphasised that we need to seize three great opportunities for Canada: turbo-boosting our move to a green future, ensuring a life with dignity for every person in Canada, and forging a just society.
Climate change is here. By acting now, Canada has the chance of a lifetime to accelerate its transition to a net-zero economy and become a world leader in cleantech and renewable energy. It’s where the jobs of the future are, and how we will stay globally competitive and build a prosperous sustainable future.
While our party is best known for its climate focus, our innovative social policies have shone through during the pandemic. The urgent need for a guaranteed liveable income, long-term care reform and a safe supply to combat the opioid drug poisoning epidemic; sadly, the pandemic has proved their value these past months. There is now a growing cross-party and civil society consensus around these and other Green Party of Canada ideas.
People in Canada have clearly said that they don’t want to go back to the way things were. They now realise that we can’t keep treading the same old road and hoping to arrive at a different destination. They want more cross-party collaboration – a flagship Green value – and less hyper-partisanship. They are ready to be daring.
So, I ask you: as we prepare to face down the great challenges of our time, won’t our next Parliament be better off if more Green voices are in the House?
For those who say Greens are dreamers, of course we are. We are also leading scientists, entrepreneurs, students, creatives, and civil society leaders from diverse backgrounds across the country. Take a look in your community for the great Green who is running to represent you, and is ready to be your fearless, daring champion.
In honour of the 815 Canadians who lost their lives in June’s heat dome - Canada can become a global leader in limiting global warming, securing our planet’s future.
In honour of the more than 15,000 who lost their lives in LTC during the pandemic, Canada can become known as the country that best guarantees a life of dignity for all from their first day to their last.
In honour of the Indigenous children whose unmarked graves are still being discovered, Canada can become a global model for Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination
My election as Leader of the Green Party of Canada was proof that Canada can still be a country of firsts; a country that can still make history.
To every person that is ready to be daring, I say now is the time.
Leader of the Green Party of Canada