6 Month Plan

Facing the Storms. Together!

Stabilizing. Empowering. Growing. 

A Green Vision:

Renewing the Green Party of Canada requires out- of-the-box thinking.

If you’re committed to helping create a livable, peaceful future, you’ll be interested in our 6-month plan!

It’s a plan to help the Green Party of Canada stabilize, empower its members and grow. A plan to ensure we deliver for our country and serve the planet, our youth and future generations.

A plan to attract MPs disillusioned with their party’s delusional climate inaction.

A plan to speak directly with Canadians while ensuring more positive media coverage.

All in all, it is a plan to challenge right wing populists, elect at least 12 strong MPs in the 2025 General Election securing recognized party status, obtain the balance of responsibility in the House of Commons and participate in coalition efforts to start implementing policies that will protect Canadians, delivering better life quality to all.

For planning purposes, we like the process of “back-casting.” Rather than planning in incremental steps, let us envision success and see what steps we took to get there. This planning method is also called “Future Perfect.”

Our Future Perfect starts a century from now, when future generations look back at the revolutionary economic, scientific and political changes Green policies in Canada and throughout the world brought forward.

Our descendants think of our time as a time of courage, altruism and heroic efforts. Greta Thunberg is remembered as we now think of heroes of old. The elected Greens of countries around the world are celebrated as are the thousands of Green movement volunteers that got them elected. Together, we had pulled the Earth out of the fire.

Since the mid-2020s, Green MPs have held the balance of responsibility (called by non-Greens the balance of “power.”) As part of our price for supporting other parties’ minority governments, we’ve negotiated the planned shutdown of Canadian fossil fuels. Finally, all Canadians have a Guaranteed Liveable Income and at last we’re off First Past the Post. Several of us now sit in the Canadian Cabinet. We’re proud of our contributions to getting climate change under control. Green values are guiding the transformation of our country and the world.

Today in 2022, we have a chance to initiate the radical transformation that will make the world in 2122 sustainable and equitable through the:

  • Prioritization of wellbeing and human dignity over the empty pursuit of profit for profit’s sake;
  • Redefinition of our relationship to nature and our place in the wider ecosystem of life on planet earth; and the
  • Construction of truly representative, fair and democratic governance systems in a decolonized Canada and world.
It’s a future where:
  • We live in harmony with ourselves, our communities, the world and nature;
  • Communities and countries collaborate on redistributing wealth, knowledge and opportunities to better harness our collective potential;
  • Canada plays a positive role in the world, as an honest power broker, an ethical green energy producer and human rights champion.

How do we get there?

With you.

With your vote, your help and your ideas.

And with us: two hard working, committed Greens from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who work as colleagues and friends and never hesitate to constructively challenge one another. That’s the team we embody and offer members. With one of us in Parliament already and the other meeting Greens and Canadians throughout the country, we promise to build greater collaboration and teamwork within our party to establish the foundations for the electoral success and societal change needed for the future we aspire to.

We will do so with a proven track record as leaders in our respective fields of expertise and recognized spokespeople with 50+ years of joint local, national and international media experience.

Best of all, we will do so at a low cost, with Elizabeth working as a volunteer co- leader, as she did in the past and Jonathan leading by example and reducing the proposed leader’s salary by $30,000.

We will build:

A united party with leaders who listen

To rebuild Canadians’ trust in the Green Party and reclaim our position as the most credible alternative to traditional parties, we will listen. We will seek guidance and inspiration from all elements of the party – from council, shadow cabinet, Young Greens, the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Circle, the Women’s Caucus, local EDAs and the membership.

More Members of Parliament

In the near term, a strengthened parliamentary presence led by a Green co-leader will increase our impact in the media, allow the GPC to expand the Green caucus and increase pressure on the NDP-supported Liberal government to act on climate, inflation, health, housing, reconciliation and emergency preparedness. We pledge to support the early mobilization of the local grassroots efforts that are at the core of the Green Party by supporting and empowering EDAs and their nominated candidates.

Focused solutions to climate change and economic challenges

The crises we face as a country and a planet are so multifaceted, complex and interlinked that we urgently need to envision new paradigms for solving them. Traditional parties have failed us, and we need to reinforce Green solutions to the challenges affecting Canadians today.

Our first 6 months

Stabilize.

Help the party regain an immediate image of stability, trust and predictability that will help us effectively fundraise from day one to strengthen our financial position and better support Green leaders. To do so, we will:

  • Launch an effective fundraising strategy to maximize 2022 donations before December 31- connecting through letters by mail, in-person events, email requests and personal telephone calls from leadership.
  • Within ten days, convene a meeting between the Federal Council and the financial agents of all EDAs to obtain clarity on the party’s financial situation.
  • Within ten days, start work with the Federal Council and Executive Director to establish an actionable fundraising plan and transparent budget for 2023.
  • Organize public speaking engagements and fundraisers to raise top donations from Greens across the country in December (traditionally our best month in fundraising) and throughout the Spring.
  • Hold at least two major concerts with well-known Canadian artists to help raise funds as well as the party’s profile.

Convene a four-day, in-person retreat bringing together the Council, the Fund,
the Caucus, key senior staff, members of the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Circle and an informal group of EDA leaders to begin mending divisions, build trust and collaborate on a 3-year strategic plan leading to the expected 2025 election, as well as “plan B” strategies for a snap election. We will ensure budgeting anticipates at least two possible by-elections in 2023 and will begin candidate recruitment for those immediately.

  • Block a four-day window in early December to hold an in-person retreat in a remote location that allows participants get to know each other, cook meals together, enjoy snowshoeing through the forest, engage in deep conversations, and have fun!
  • Identify an independent and external facilitator to help navigate some of the discussions.
  • Build an agenda that focuses on trust building, empowerment and governance training.
  • Working with skilled facilitators, develop a three-year strategic plan leading to the expected 2025 election, as well as “plan B” strategies for a snap election at any time.

In January 2023, launch our 40th Birthday with a yearlong celebration. During the year, we will make a full national tour, reaching every province and territory, rolling out the plan for rebuilding and recreating a successful Green Party of Canada!

Empower.

During our first two months of service, build a strengthened, representative and empowered shadow cabinet that includes all current members and all interested leadership candidates equipped to advocate for Green principles and engage in debates at the national and local level. To do so, we will:

  • Hold meetings with each shadow cabinet member to enquire about their willingness to continue as a shadow critic, their experiences so far, the projects they would like to lead and the type of support they would like.
  • Organize media and advocacy training sessions for all shadow critics and establish a joint communication strategy that will help raise their profiles and the party’s policies.
  • Work with shadow critics to organize briefings or meet and greet between the party co-leaders, the critics and organizations that work on their respective briefs to ensure we become an integral part of the social ecosystem.

Meet regularly with the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Circle and other Indigenous leadership within the party to hear their advice on how to more fully include Indigenous wisdom and ways of reaching consensus for the GPC as a whole.

Immediately following our election as party leaders, we will invite provincial Green party leaders to regular meetings to share experiences in grassroots organizing. Provincial parties have suffered from the federal party’s instability over the past two years and we are looking forward to collaborating as they share their perspectives and ideas.

In the first in-person Biennial General Meeting since 2018, Greens will gather in Ottawa to put in motion constitutional reforms we design during the retreat. Innovative integration of technology in virtual attendance and in person attendance will allow for full debate and wide participation. The informal group of EDA leaders struck during the in-person retreat in December will become formalized through constitutional reform and the new structure for co-leadership will be embraced and codified in the GPC Constitution.

Grow.

From day one, we will collaborate with Green members, supporters, EDAs and staff to develop a strategy to recruit diverse, committed candidates who share the GPC vision. Strong, visible and inspiring leadership will attract interesting candidacies, but is insufficient to ensure they are committed to Green principles. During our first six months, through the EDA empowerment action group, we will work with district association executives to identify a list of qualities sought in good potential candidates and ways of assessing these. We are committed to ensuring EDAs are empowered to recruit and nominate candidates within our first year as leaders.

Starting in January 2023, we will confer with reputable environmental organizations and student-led organizations on actionable solutions. Following trainings supported by info-kits, Earth Day, on April 22, Greens from coast to coast to coast will hold local grassroots events recalling the origins of Earth Day as a “teach-in.” EDAs will be able to celebrate their successful mobilization starting in January to revitalize and prepare locally relevant materials. The theme of “Climate- We are Ready!” will allow teach-ins to call for far more radical actions from all orders of government.