Positively Excited

Last night I won the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Green Party of Canada nomination meeting. That means when the next federal election rolls 'round, my name will be on the ballot. This is the speech that I gave last night at the nomination meeting. And this is the audience that's already starting to make the world a better place:

These folks are going to make change happen

Update: the video of the speech is available online too.

Circular Logic

Last Friday I emailed the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) and asked:

Bruce Power has proposed shipping the steam generators with no additional container surrounding the units.
Is this a safe method of transport according to IAEA guidelines?

Strangely the response came back as a series of quotes from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission presentations saying they intended to follow IAEA guidelines. But that's not what I asked.

So I tried again in my response:

Winning Math

Last week reporters looked at me with a sceptical eye when I told them the Green Party could win a seat in the next federal election. I didn't say it would be easy. But I do think it could be done.

Bruce-Grey Owen Sound has approximately 77,000 voters (2001 census data). In the last federal election incumbent, Larry Miller, won 23,000 votes. Dick Hibma (Green Party candidate) won 13,000 votes. Approximately 48,000 voters went to the polls and 29,000 did not. If each one of the 13,000 Green voters convinced two of their non-voting friends to vote Green in the next federal election we would have a landslide victory.

It won't be easy, but it can be done.

If you want to be a part of history the time to start talking to your friends isn't the day an election is called. The time is now. Do you have two or more friends who opted not to vote in the last federal election? Ask them why. Ask them what it would take to get them to the polls on the next go round. Be patient, but be persistent. Change isn't easy, but it does happen one person at a time.

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