“Dimitri’s legal advocacy, investigative reporting, and public lectures and commentary are proof that he is willing to take bold and principled stances for peace, the environment, and human rights.
He is well-known for standing up for the vulnerable, the disenfranchised, and the oppressed, and his understanding of the law as an instrument of activism has enabled him to achieve tangible victories for the causes he has defended.
Dimitri’s blending of ecology and democratic socialism provides an exciting foundation for the development of new policy. I believe that by choosing Dimitri as leader of the Green Party, we will help the party unite emerging youth movements with long-time activists.”
—Joan Russow, past Green Party of Canada Leader (1997-2001)
“I’ve known Dimitri for several years, and he has impressed me with his intelligence and commitment.
Dimitri stands out in an era when Canada is suffering a dearth of leadership. He will demonstrate that the Greens are a party of substance, led by a well-spoken, articulate (in both French and English) and thoughtful person who understands the critical role our environment plays in Canada’s ability to maintain a high quality of life and a sustainable economy.”
—Don Scott, past Green Party of Canada Vice President, English (2014-2016)
“I have known Dimitri Lascaris since 2015 and have been impressed by his personal integrity; his clarity of thinking; his clear and assertive communication; and his grasp of the profound environmental, economic, social, democratic, and international problems and challenges that Canada faces.
Dimitri’s political standpoint is nourished by the spirit of current social movements. He would not only make a fitting successor to the remarkable Elizabeth May, but he also would attract social activists to the party and capture the attention of both the media and the Canadian public.
Dimitri is very well-placed to take the GPC to the next phase of its development at a time when resourceful, courageous, and ethical leaders are so sorely needed to inspire Canadians to face our intersecting local, national, and global challenges. I am very pleased to endorse Dimitri's candidacy for the GPC leadership.”
—Richard Walsh, past Shadow Cabinet critic for Mental Health, past candidate 2015 (Waterloo)
“I have joined Dimitri’s team because I think the country needs someone of Dimitri’s integrity at the helm of the Green Party. The Green Party has failed to capture the attention of Canadians as shown by our electoral results. The energy and directness and confidence that Dimitri brings to politics will enable us to do so. We have to be aggressive, to communicate the desperate need for cultural and economic renewal essential for our survival through the multifactorial challenges of climate change. I am confident that Dimitri can and will do this.”
—Colin Griffiths, past Shadow Cabinet critic for Science & Technology, past candidate 2015 (Pontiac)
“Dimitri is totally committed to a green planet that sustains life with dignity and justice for all. He comes with deep knowledge of the issues of sustainability and the complex interactions between the economy and the environment. I am particularly impressed with his unwavering commitments to decency, integrity and transparency. These are the principles so deeply missed in the political arena of expediency, cow-towing to corporate agendas and interest groups. His energy and untiring work to be a voice for those whose voices are dismissed are adding a fresh life to our political discourse and politicians.”
—Dr. Atif Kubursi, Professor Emeritus of Economics, McMaster University
“Dimitri Lascaris is a progressive and principled candidate who is not afraid to speak truth to power. His platform on workers rights issues alone is the best I've seen in my 35 year career as a union leader. Not surprisingly his environmental policies provide Canada with a road map on how to achieve our carbon emission reduction targets, and then some.”
—Sid Ryan, former president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, CUPE-Ontario and ex-president of the Ontario Federation of Labour
“I am totally supportive of the Green Party of Canada leadership candidate Dimitri Lascaris... such candidates are rare in these precarious times.
He supports reducing the military budget, getting Canada out of NATO and disbanding NATO, he opposes nuclear energy and is pushing for Canada to ratify the UN treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons.”
—Dr. Helen Caldicott M.D., physician, author, and renowned anti-nuclear activist
“I support Dimitri Lascaris as the next Green Party leader because he has the best, most progressive policies and proposals on all the issues. He’s out there on the front lines standing with land defenders, disenfranchised workers and others resisting large corporate power or government neglect. He is specific and articulate on all the other issues, from banking, to corporate control, tuition, worker rights, Indigenous rights, Black Lives Matter, and more.”
—Kim Goldberg, award-winning poet and journalist, author of eight books including Devolution (poems of ecopocalypse).
“I am delighted to endorse Dimitri Lascaris for leader of the Green Party of Canada. Dimitri’s appreciation of the intimate relationship between the economy and the environment is extraordinary. No longer should Canadians suffer from the mindless pursuit of economic growth. Dimitri’s emphasis on improving well-being through better public services, workers’ rights, justice and police reform, animal welfare, and a more equitable distribution of income and wealth, while protecting the environment offers a much better future. His understanding of Canada’s proper place in the world, free of the dictates and whims of the USA, is a breath of fresh air. Dimitri has the vision and capacity to take the Green Party of Canada in a new direction if only we are smart enough to give him the chance to lead.”
—Peter A. Victor, Professor Emeritus at York University.
“I really like Dimitri Lascaris because of his strong background as a top-flight corporate lawyer who changed sides to become a class action human rights lawyer. He is not only bright and tough, but is deeply devoted to environmental, economic, and social justice. He has strong, well-developed positions on a broad spectrum of issues from climate change to economic equity and human rights, and he has a plan to make the Green Party a home for all the genuine progressives who have become disillusioned by the failure of the political establishment to effectively address the issues they claim to champion.”
—Caspar Davis, 20-year member of the Green Party, and long-time activist in Victoria.
“In today's world, too often we have to tolerate politicians who express themselves in evasions, clichés and even half-truths when dealing with key issues that confront us. I am backing Dimitri Lascaris because he has shown an honesty that is now very rare. He confronts head-on the relationship between the environment and the type of economy we have established.
I also honour him for being so forthright in challenging Canada’s disastrous foreign policy that uses sanctions and colonialist era threats to other nations. There can be no sound international environmental measures without the respect between nations. For this important link between environmental degradation, the economy and a detrimental foreign policy, I fully support Dimitri Lascaris and hope that our votes will make him the extraordinary leader that the Green Party, and Canada, needs at this moment.”
—Maria Páez Victor, MA. Ph.D.
“The Green Party of Canada needs a leader that knows foreign policy and can take strong, credible stances. That's why I'm voting for Dimitri Lascaris. He is a human rights lawyer, specializing in class-action law. He is also a good communicator, an advocate for economic equality, and a feminist. Dimitri is a proven, principled, and effective leader who believes in science.”
—Carmen Budilean, strategic consultant for the Green Party and former candidate
“Dimitri Lascaris will shift political discourse in a positive direction as the leader of the Green Party. I've seen Dimitri in action. His principles, in particular his commitment to universal human rights, are deep and consistent. His vision is broad and clear. His work is thorough and grounded. He's courageous and effective. His leadership will change the Green Party and all of Canadian politics for the better.”
—Rabbi David Mivasair
“I’m enthusiastically endorsing Dimitri Lascaris because I’ve seen his courage, compassion, intelligence and integrity in action. Dimitri is a good listener - a crucial quality for any leader. He’s respectful of others and seeks to find common ground. These are important skill sets if we are to unite the party to move politics towards much kinder and inclusive policies rooted in our shared deep concern for the fate of our planet.
“I’ve worked with Dimitri on a number of issues from procedural fairness to international human rights. He’s a tireless worker, always does his research, and presents calmly and confidently in both official languages. I’m confident that Dimitri is the person we need to lead the Green Party in a bold, progressive, positive direction.”
—Lisa Barrett, Canada's first Green mayor, former candidate and Foreign Affairs critic for the GPC
“...Ultimately, my number one choice for being our next leader is determined by whom I feel can best stand beside the other party’s leaders (especially in scrums and debates) can confidently address the media and will interact with Canadians in ways that will bring more votes to Greens while driving the positive changes we need throughout our country.
This leader, is Dimitri Lascaris.”
—David Weber, multi time Green Party candidate in Kitchener South.
“I am thankful to have the opportunity to endorse a candidate of Dimitri’s character, courage and integrity.
It is clear that Dimitri recognizes that social justice is not just a topic that you 'link to climate', but the fundamental paradigm through which diverse communities across Canada are able to see themselves in the solutions to our Climate Emergency.
At this pivotal moment in Canadian history, we have been gifted the opportunity to support a candidate whose bold vision is informed by comprehensive understanding of the challenges we face, genuine consultation with the communities he intends to represent, and with the strength of leadership to prevent pragmatic solutions from sardonic rebranding as 'progressive'.
As such I am compelled to make the first political endorsement I have ever made. I would never forgive myself, when I look back at this moment in history, if I didn’t support the candidate with the strongest vision for my community, my generation, and my country.”
—André Forsythe, Executive Director Canadian Climate Challenge, project lead School for Climate