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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

alberta green party de-registered.

The writing was on the wall... from the now former Alberta Green Party website:

The “Alberta Greens” Green Party of Alberta has been de-registered by Elections Alberta as a political entity in the Province of Alberta. De-registration of the party is an administrative opportunity to re-organize and rebuild the party into a viable political organization. The importance and mainstream acceptance of the Green Party’s values and principles are on the rise, and the Green Party's many supporters can now look forward to a fresh start.

The “Alberta Greens” Green Party of Alberta Society is now registered as a non-profit corporate entity in the province of Alberta for the purposes of advancing a “Green” agenda, and preparing the Green Party’s political future. A meeting will be announced in the very near future to plan a path forward.

........ more information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
(ht @grant)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Joe Anglin really screwed the true Greens, I tell you what.

I think it's time to run an independent Green in Calgary-Glenmore's byelection in the lead-up to a re-conquest of our party.

Anonymous said...

http://www.elections.ab.ca/Public%20Website/603.htm

According to Elections Alberta, who doesn't appear to have touched their own website since 2007, the Greens are still viable.

Was a new CRO ever appointed after the Legislative Committee fired the last chap? It feels like Elections Alberta is a severely underfunded entity, incapable of doing even the simplest of tasks like updating their website.

Ed Stelmach and crew should address this. They won the last election, obviously, but not without some oddities along the way. Things they said they would fix, like Returning Officers and an online voter registration system that ended up shitting the bed on Election Day.

Where are the Opposition Parties on this? Instead of using every question on policy issues, perhaps the Libs or NDs should start to focus on the nuts and bolts of our rusting democracy.

Lawrence Porter said...
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Lawrence Porter said...

The website has been updated since 2007 - although im not sure why that date hasnt been change.

Back in 2007 Mr. Read was listed as the leader of the GPA and now Mr. Anglin is...so they do update it...just not sure why they dont change the date as well...

Brian Dell said...

The Greens are a strange beast in that they came out of nowhere organizationally to field almost a full slate of candidates in 2008. More candidates than the Wildrose Alliance. But then they started missing filings required by Elections Alberta.

Anonymous said...

I can't be the only person thinking this: IT'S UMBRELLA TIME!!

NEW PARTY - NDP and Liberal merge to form something like ... Black Rose Alliance (just kidding). TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

CrescentHeightsGuy said...

Because of the way they are organized the New Democrats cannot merge. For example, organizers flow between provincial ND parties and between the Fed organization like electrons running up and down a wire. If the Alberta NDP joined some sort of Alberta Appliance Party they would be instantly cut off from their sister parties outside Alberta.

An umbrella centre-left party is not possible. Let's move on. Outside of central Edmonton the Swann Liberals are the only viable option anyway. And I'm starting to like the guy.

Anonymous said...

Sure they can. There is nothing preventing the party from cutting ties with the Federal party. A new merged party could simply draw on a pool of Alberta based former Liberal and NDP organizers. It would require a constitutional amendment severing ties with the federal party with 2/3 of delegates at a convention voting in favour of it.
It's not likely, but not impossible.

Anonymous said...

So what your saying Anonymous 10:13 is there is nothing preventing the NDP from separating from the federal party, except for all that stuff preventing it which you just mentioned.

Anonymous said...

Based on what Grant wrote and provided in his backgrounder it is a truly odd situation. Seems like Anglin has screwed the party but at the same time those in charge before him didn't do any better. Who seriously out of fear holds a quick and secret meeting (if those still in the building were not informed of the activities outside) in a parking lot?

Theresa said...

This whole situation is really disappointing to ordinary folk like me who bought memberships in the Alberta Green party and were looking for a party that was about doing the right thing rather than just gaining power or notoriety. The entire situation has left a foul aftertaste in my mouth and probably set back anything Green-like from happening in this province for many many years to come. I fear I will die without seeing a change of power in this province.

John said...
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John said...

This isn't the death of the Green movement. This is the system talking about the necessity of professionalized competition and the enduring logic of big-tent brokerage politics. The challenge for the parties is to take ownership of the green issue and make room in their tent for the former greens.

It is umbrella time, but there's no need to be merging umbrellas--certain ones just need to get a little bigger.

Green voters need to understand that the system is configured against them becuase they occupy one pole of one issue without the regional concentration that allows the NDP to be a presence, despite their limited spectrum of appeal. The best way for them to achieve traction on green issues is to join the ranks of the party they perceive as being most capable to deliver on those issues. All the parties have plans for the environment that approach the problem from different perspectives. Until then, they are actually doing themselves a disservice by unnecessarily fragmenting the system further.

Seener Beaner said...

When I saw the story on CBC, they said the party was delisted because they failed to come up with the financial statements from the March 2007 election. It was due July 1st I think.

Apparently the outgoing executive witheld it ( or never furnished it ) from the incoming executive.

Way to sabotage your own party and your own cause.

Mary Martin said...
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Mary Martin said...

Just curious...have you read the ongoing battle between some of the Green Party's old executive and some of their members? Check it out at the Facebook group Greens in Alberta. Someone has posted a huge expose of the proceedings since last fall that has certainly led to the downfall of the party. What a bunch!!