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Quebec Green Party leader to join federal leadership race as an ‘eco-socialist’ candidate

As the federal Green Party’s leadership race heats up, one candidate is saying he needs the social gathering to take a tough flip to the left.

Alex Tyrrell, leader of Quebec’s Green Party, will announce Wednesday morning that he is getting into the race to exchange Elizabeth May as leader of the federal social gathering.

Days earlier than May’s resignation in November, Tyrrell was main the calls inside the social gathering for her to resign. He launched a petition asking for an open leadership race and criticized May for taking the federal Greens too far to the centre.

Tyrrell denounced the social gathering’s 2019 slogan (“Not Left. Not Right. Forward Together”) and ambiguous messaging on abortion and Bill 21, the legislation barring Quebec public servants from sporting non secular symbols.

Tyrrell mentioned Canada’s Greens want to change into “eco-socialists” who’re dedicated to defending the setting whereas pursuing evergreen left-centre coverage targets — such as common pharmacare and free college tuition — and reforming capitalism to cut back financial inequality.

“Green Party members are looking for a leader who can modernize the party by bringing in a bold, progressive, eco-socialist platform that reflects the scientific consensus on climate change while standing up for social justice,” Tyrrell mentioned in an internet site put up, supplied to CBC upfront.

Tyrrell, who describes himself as an activist, mentioned he’s on “a mission to implement progressive change in this country.”

If he is chosen as the following Green leader, Tyrrell mentioned he’ll additionally push to:

  • Close Alberta’s oilsands inside the primary 4 years of a Green mandate.
  • Increase taxation on the rich, massive companies and polluters.
  • Link main cities in Canada by high-speed electrical rail.
  • Generate new revenues and, the place mandatory, incur deficits to accommodate his inexperienced transition and abandon “fiscal conservatism.”
  • Amend the Constitution to assure Canadians entry to clear air, water, housing and wholesome meals.

Tyrrell has led the Green Party of Quebec for six years. Although Greens maintain seats in legislatures in P.E.I., New Brunswick, Ontario and B.C., the Quebec social gathering has by no means run a full slate of candidates or elected anybody to Quebec’s National Assembly.

Aside from Tyrrell, two different Greens have declared they’re going to be getting into the leadership race: former Quebec Green candidate Julie Tremblay-Cloutier and former Liberal David Merner.

In an interview final week with CBC, Tremblay-Cloutier mentioned she would not consider in labels however thinks the Greens ought to embrace environmental and socialist values.

“People here in Quebec especially, we don’t talk about politics much in that way,” Tremblay-Cloutier advised CBC News final week. “But yes, if being ‘left’ means being more socialist or eco-socialist, I guess I’m more of a left turn.”

Merner, then again, mentioned he believes the social gathering wants to stick to the centre.

“What folks were saying to me early on is we don’t want to marginalize ourselves,” Merner mentioned. “And if we head down the eco-socialist path, we will not succeed.”

The leadership race for the Greens is anticipated to start on Feb. 3; the Greens will elect their new leader in Charlottetown, P.E.I. in October.

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