D-Brief for Sep 30

Performer/activist Roger Waters endorses Dimitri.

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D-Brief for September 30

Decisive leadership
is prepared to answer tough questions

Leadership candidates answer Question 6. (David Merner left before this question.) 

During the September 10 Green Party of Canada leadership debate on Foreign Policy, moderator Judy Rebick asked all eight candidates for their answers to some tough questions.

“We’re going to do a poll,” Rebick said, “and in that poll I’m going to ask you to either say Yes -- (thumb up), or No (thumb down) or Pass (thumbs touching horizontally.)”

You can watch the first poll here at hour 1:15 and the second round at 1:51.

As Judy walked them all through the seven questions, most candidates abstained on at least three questions. One candidate abstained on all seven -- and one candidate took a firm and decisive position on all of these important questions. Dimitri was prepared and thoughtful in his responses, and not afraid to reply with clear answers.

At this point in the campaign, all candidates should be long past their consideration and consultation of the critical issues that concern Greens. They are expected to be prepared to vote in exactly the way that legislators in parliament are ultimately asked for their Yes or No vote on proposed legislation.

GPC Foreign Policy debate polls. Questions and responses.


When coupled with deflections and non-committal answers given during the debate, it was clear that most leadership candidates preferred to avoid expressing a firm opinion.

The single candidate who was prepared to vote “Yes” or “No” in each case was Dimitri Lascaris. He answered every one of Rebick’s seven questions.

What are Green Party members and the public to make of this? Are most candidates unprepared, or just unwilling to take a stand? We know from experience that all too often Greens get shut out of leaders' debates, so when our candidates are called, they need to make an answer count. A Green leader doesn't get a second chance to field a question in a format they prefer -- they must seize every opportunity to convey their values.

In a general election, 'pass' won't be an option.

If you agree that the Green party needs leadership who answers tough questions clearly and decisively, please share this message with other party members to help them decide how to rank candidates in the upcoming vote.


Performer/activist Roger Waters endorses Dimitri

One of the world's most popular musicians and influential activists, Roger Waters, has endorsed Dimitri. Waters was a co-founder of Pink floyd.

"Dimitri Lascaris who I confess is a friend of mine, understands the connections between the environment, the oppression of indigenous people and the global war machine. I support him in his bid to become the leader of Canada’s Green Party. I supported him in March and I do now. So please let’s get Dimitri not just to be the leader of the Green Party but to be the next Prime Minister of Canada."

-- Roger Waters


Ranked Ballot voting for Dimitri and your preferred candidates

A huge THANK YOU! to everyone who has voted and for everyone who is about to vote. 

If you have not yet received an email from vote@simplyvoting.com with your ballot link and password, it's critical that you contact the GPC ASAP at elections@greenparty.ca

This is a ranked ballot vote. Please rank your choices.

If we all voted for our single, favorite candidate and did not rank all of our other preferred candidates, the result would be the same as in any "First Past The Post" election -- a distortion of the proportion of support each candidate has earned from all voters.

The result of ranked ballots is a "consensus” candidate -- the candidate preferred by most electors. 

If we rank Dimitri as our number 1 -- followed by all other candidates in our order of preference -- we'll ensure a proportionate recognition of our choices. That's how the Green Party of Canada chooses a leader who fully represents a consensus among all voters.

If you need a review of Dimitri's policies, you can read all of our platform statements on our web site. They cover all aspects of our society from health to workers’ rights to the economy, foreign policy, Indigenous rights, justice, equity, our party’s internal governance and, of course, the environment. These documents build on the underlying platform of the Green Party as developed over the last 15 years.

Please vote for Dimitri as your number 1 choice, and carefully rank everyone who has worked so hard to represent you. Once you have voted let us know so that we can focus our volunteer efforts on those who have not yet cast their ballot. Text the word "voted" to 647-360-6602 or email the words "I Voted" to info@teamdimitri.ca.


Video: Conversations on Benches with Dimitri,

about a Green Economy & the Future of Work


View and share the Countdown video playlist here.

Thanks to all of our volunteers. If you would like to join the team in these last few days please visit our Take Action page. We need you on the phone now! 

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The time is now. Le temps d'agir

Make Dimitri your Number 1!

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