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Green Party of the United States

The Green Party of the United States or gpus.org was originally the Association of State Green Parties. It subsumed and largely replaced the old United States Green Party which was not able to consistently manage a cooperative effort to run a Presidential candidate nor consistently qualify for federal matching grant funding. Its leadership was solipsistic and overly focused on its own policy ideas, not on public debates in the country at large. Similarly, the Green Federation of Canada seeks to replace the Green Party of Canada.

The ASGP/GPUS was a major player in the US presidential election, 2000, when Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke were the US Green Party presidential nomination. The Green Party of California in late 2002 also nearly elected Matt Gonzalez as Mayor of San Francisco (the city holds a runoff vote between the top two candidates, which Gavin Newsom won after intense campaigning by the US Democratic Party, which feared a Green threat in the state).

influence in Canada


In August 2000, Nader spoke in Toronto to US citizens abroad at an event hosted by the Green Party of Ontario.

The GPUS platform, 2000 was extremely influential especially among bioregional democracy advocates, not only in the US but among Canadians especially in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The Green Party of Nova Scotia adopted a GPNS constitution which was partly influenced by the GPUS' call for bioregional stewardship including of border regions such as the Gulf of Maine. The failure of the GPC platform, 2004 and GPC platform, 2006 to deal seriously with transborder ecosystems was a minor factor in the GPC council crisis, 2006.

rose more or less in tandem with GPC


By 2001 however there were many Canadians suspicious of George W. Bush and in part blaming Nader for his election. However, this could not have been a factor in the poor showing of the Green Party of Canada (0.8%) in the Canadian federal election, 2000. Had it been able to run a GPC full slate in that election, if the vote percentages held, it would have returned 2.4%, about comparable to Nader's 2.7%.

2004


The GPUS platform, 2004 and David Cobb, the party's nominee, were largely ignored during that election.

This contrasted sharply to the situation in Canada six months earlier when the GPC rose to 4.2% in the Canadian federal election, 2004 that June. It may however have been a high point, as the GPC fell apart completely during 2005 and was barely able to hold its vote despite vast inputs of cash.

2006


The influence of the GPUS on US elections, 2006 is unclear. Most Americans who oppose the US Republican Party have joined at least some US Democratic Party affiliated initiatives of Howard Dean, Jimmy Carter, Barak Obama, or others, e.g. DailyKos.