Manitobans urged to vote ‘green’


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The Green Party of Manitoba wants you to hear what they have to say.

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The Green Party of Manitoba wants you to hear what they have to say.

Provincial leader James Beddome called the other three provincial parties “blasé” and said Manitobans deserve to hear what the Green party has to offer.

Beddome said he’s been excluded from the leaders debates, and the party is currently circulating a petition to change that.

Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press Green Party of Manitoba Leader James Beddome speaks at the University of Winnipeg on Wednesday.

“We think Manitobans deserve to hear what the Greens have to say,” Beddome said in front of about 200 supporters at their University of Winnipeg campaign kickoff Wednesday night.

Currently, about 20 candidates will run for the Green party in the upcoming election.

Beddome said that’s the party’s largest slate of candidates ever and he hopes to encourage more people to run before the Sept. 13 nomination deadline.

He said the party is focused on preserving wetlands, moving toward more organic agriculture practices and offering free public transit.

Beddome said the Greens are the only provincial party that thinks Manitoba needs to do a full energy assessment before it proceeds with a new hydro transmission line.

Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May spoke at the campaign launch and urged Manitobans to support the party’s inclusion in leaders debates.

She said Manitoba has been “ravaged” by climate change, noting she was “stunned” by the recent three-month crest of the Souris River. She said politicians need to make climate change a priority, and that Manitobans should consider the party’s stance on food, water, and energy policies.

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