GPC platform, 2006

To compare policy with any other Canadian federal political party, see this comparison.

The history and impact of GPC platform, 2006:


When the Green Party of Canada entered the Canadian federal election, 2006 on December 2, 2005, the GPC platform was in partial disarray due to a full year of internal disputes during which the constitutional right of the GPC Shadow Cabinet to author the platform with its chosen approach was under constant threat. See Dermod Travis and the campaign to fire the spin doctor.

The effect of this was that by the last weeks of December the platform was on what GPC national campaign chair Chris Bradshaw called its "25th draft". But that probably does not count the earlier evolution of materials in the Green Party of Canada Living Platform. The efforts to censor it had been successful enough that there was nearly no traffic in all of 2005. For instance, its list of policy terms had not been updated since January 25, 2005 even though a wholly compatible open content list of policy terms was available to refer to. There had been literally no research visible to the public other than a list of links on urban issues. These bore no fruit as there was nothing on municipal policy in the published 2006 platform.

This was also amazing as the New Deal for Cities had come into effect in 2005 and been the largest shift in Canadian cities' governance and funding since Confederation.


While some ascribed these failures to conspiracy, others to stupidity, and still others to politics as usual, a few things could be said with certainty about the platform:

The platform was, all told, an abandonment of the "blue-green" and eco-capitalist approaches and the effort to split votes with the Conservative Party of Canada. There was effectively now a three-way split on the left between the GPC, NDP and Liberal Party of Canada.


As of the eve of the Canadian federal election, 2006, this positioning appeared certain to elect Stephen Harper as the Prime Minister of Canada. Harper had vowed to remove Canada from the Kyoto Protocol and spend all funds allocated to it on a transit pass tax cut which the Green Budget Coalition said was 200 to 800 times less efficient than the measures the Liberal Party of Canada had proposed: Clean Fund and Partnership Fund.

GPC member Michael Marshall proposed on the NSGP mailing list that withdrawing from Kyoto would increase GPC support, even though the party was materially responsible for its failure in Canada. This view was abhorrent to most longstanding Greens who had spent years advancing that climate strategy and had no confidence that it would be replaced by anything else.

stay tuned