As you may have heard, the Green Party of Canada establishment is requiring candidates to raise $50k to participate in the race. This amount is astronomical, classist and is designed to limit the number of candidates and by extension ideologies represented in the race. I have always been against big money in politics and never expected the Green Party would depart from our traditions of grass roots participatory democracy.
The Green Party of Canada is for sale. If want to ensure that it does not fall into the hands of the establishment, former liberals or special interests we are going to have to buy it.
Through my career as leader of the Quebec Greens I have managed to campaign on extremely limited resources by cutting costs, staying in youth hostels, sleeping on living room floors or even camping on the side of the road. I am in politics to implement progressive change and am more than willing to forgo luxuries and comfort to get there.
In addition to the $50k entrance fee, the party is taxing contributions made to candidates at 25%. This means that in order to spend a bare minimum of $20k on my campaign; just enough to cross the country 3 or 4 times over the next few months. I will have to raise a total of $80k in order to spend $20k in the race.
Every single donation will help keep me in the race. My presence in this race is critical to the advancement of the Canaidan left, ecosocialism, the Green New Deal and the Green Party of Canada. I need all the support I can get. I am not a member of the 1% and I am willing to make many sacrifices for the cause but in order to be on the ballot I need your support.
If you are only interested in donating if my candidacy goes forward, I encourage you to pledge a donation using the form below. If you would like to donate right away, you can do so here. Contributions made now will be transferred to the party in the event that I am not able to stay in the race. All contributions are tax deductible.
Thank you so much for your support. Together we will transform Canadian politics.
Leader of the Green Party of Quebec
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