“Tyrrell, who has been in charge of the Green Party since September 2013, described how the Party itself brings issues to the spotlight which would otherwise be ignored by Quebec’s mainstream political parties and media.
Under his leadership, Tyrrell says the Greens have “transformed into an eco-socialist party,” and attempted to advocate for free public transit, as well as issues not directly related to the environment such as public health care. The Greens are “opposed to any new fossil fuel infrastructure in Quebec,” he added.
But despite being a politician himself, Tyrrell stresses the need to pressure for change from outside the system.
“I don’t have any confidence in these politicians… unless they feel that they are going to lose the next election,” he explained. He says that Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard’s recent abandoning of oil exploration on Anticosti Island is a “sign of the environmental movement’s success.”
This evening I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion at Concordia titled “No Pipelines, what’s next?”
It’s excellent to see that so many of my fellow concordians are interested in discussing the future of the environmental movement and where we should go from here.
Thank you to all those who attended and who helped organize the event!
Leader of the Green Party of Quebec