Many people ask Green Party candidate David Orton "Should we vote for Alexis MacDonald,
a good NDP candidate who polled almost 10,500 votes
in the last election, or should we vote
for you and the Green Party?"
acknowledges that people who are interested in social justice
also in environmental issues in Central Nova, find themselves facing a
difficult choice in this
Green Party also has a strong social justice thrust in its election
"Members of the progressive community in Central Nova must look beyond
individuals at issue and look more at the
environmental policies of the NDP, past and present,
and those of
the Green Party, in making a judgment call about who to vote for."
Orton agreed that "Sometimes
the GP policies are not deep enough, for example supporting
emissions trading, and that perhaps a particular environmental policy
of the NDP may be
progressive than that of the GP. However, it is only within the Green
Party that a certain
agonizing debate is taking place, about the fundamental shift in
consciousness needed in
how we humans
have to relate to the Earth." Also, "The Green Party says it supports
provides the philosophical basis to oppose 'resourcism', the dominant
worldview of industrial capitalist society, that the Natural world
exists primarily as
for the human purpose."
Orton continued, "The
existing industrial capitalist societies, in Canada and worldwide, are
very conditions of life, not only for humans, but for other species and
the Earth itself.
Party, theoretically - although the struggle is ongoing - sees itself
as a voice for those
have no representation, hence our welcomed stand finally, after long
the annual seal slaughter. The annual so-called hunt of harp and hooded
seals, is a
totally unnecessary wildlife slaughter, which has been supported
consistently by the NDP,
Liberals in the House of Commons."
said Orton "due to its overall orientation, is not an
ecological party, because of their
the major ecological problems can be resolved within industrial
capitalist society. Yet
it is this
very society which has caused the Earth-threatening ecological crisis."
"We need to
think much more deeply. Ecocentric justice is more inclusive than human
or social justice.
has to include not just humans, but other animals, plants and the Earth
Orton said that people who in the past have
supported the NDP should understand that:
"1. The NDP is totally human-centered in its overall
orientation and will always put human interests
workers' interests, which still play a major role in the party's social
"2. The NDP is committed to economic growth and
consumerism within a capitalist economic
does not understand or accept that ecology imposes 'limits' upon all of
us. The NDP
alternative economic model to that of the global market economy."
"3. Everywhere the NDP has been in political power
provincially, it has worked within the industrial
exploitive paradigm, be it in
forestry, agriculture and the fisheries. Thus, in industrial
NDP has supported clearcutting, spraying, handing over forested crown
unconditional support to the pulpmills, etc."
pointed out that while NDP interventions
have a bias
towards workers' interests, both worker and capitalist interests
disregard the interests of the
their non-human inhabitants and degrade the forest base over the long
term. And, he said,
similar story for the industrial fishery and industrial agriculture."
"Other examples of NDP's
said Orton, "are their support for the uranium
Saskatchewan; and for the
auto industry, where the NDP, by upholding the job interest of
workers, seriously undermine their commitment to the Kyoto Protocol and to
Orton pointed out
"The ecology movement draws from all the 'isms' in society. People come
from social democratic, liberal, conservative, and other political
to vote for the Green Party in Central Nova, David Orton said that
strategic voting to
try and defeat
the neo-conservative candidate Peter MacKay, will not bring about the
consciousness that is needed. Orton also pointed out that "Real conservatives are not
slaves to the
endless economic growth and consumerism market ideology. Real
destroy, Canada's environmental and social heritage."
He concluded by saying, "I believe that only the Green Party has
the potential, as a political party,
to the needed shift in consciousness for humans in relating to the
Unless we vote
for what we believe in, we will never get it."
Authorized by the Official Agent for David
Mark A. Brennan
Manager for The Green Party Candidate for Central Nova, David
GREEN PARTY OF
Nova Campaign Manager (902) 396 4397
Candidate, David Orton (925) 925 2514
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