FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2012
Alberta’s newest political party made two significant moves at its first annual general meeting Saturday in Edmonton, choosing a new leader and a new name.
Members elected Janet Keeping as party leader. Keeping is a lawyer, who until April was president of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership. Prior to taking up that position in 2006, she did legal research and public education on oil and gas, the environment, human rights and civil liberties for many years.
Keeping ran for the first time in the recent provincial election. Many of the other 2012 candidates were also at the AGM. They left inspired by Keeping to increase efforts to advance the party’s vision of a province where participatory democracy flourishes and Albertans are actively engaged in creating a socially just society; a flourishing, sustainable economy; and a healthy environment that will nurture future generations.
“In their hearts and minds, Albertans know the time to re-think our approach to resource use and development has come,” Keeping says. “Our challenge as Greens is to convince Albertans it is OK to articulate their concerns and bring their views into a province-wide conversation on public policy, most urgently on development of the oilsands.”
The dedicated members who campaigned in past elections under the Green banner and worked tirelessly to register the new party were honoured at the AGM. One of these, out-going leader Larry Ashmore, was elected Vice President.
The old Alberta Green Party was deregistered in 2009 after a hostile takeover. After gathering the signatures of over 8000 Albertans, the EverGreen Party was registered in late December 2011. Elections Alberta’s regulations prevented the party from re-claiming the Green name until after the provincial election in April. But on Saturday members voted overwhelmingly to request from Elections Alberta a name change to Green Party of Alberta.
The name will clearly place the party in the network of Global Green political parties and, invigorated by new leadership, the party will step up its engagement with Albertans, offering a vision of the future that promises good jobs; vibrant, socially just communities; and new opportunities for sustainable businesses.
The Green vision is hopeful – it rejects the politics of fear and the idea we are trapped in socially and environmentally destructive paths. Albertans want and deserve better; Greens will work to convince Albertans that better is possible.
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Janet Keeping, Leader
Susan Stratton, President