To vote for the Green Party or the NDP, that is the question

            Press Release

            January 9, 2006, Saltsprings, Pictou County

                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
you and the Green Party?" Orton acknowledges that people who are interested in social justice
            issues and also in environmental issues in Central Nova, find themselves facing a difficult choice in this
            election. The Green Party also has a strong social justice thrust in its election Platform.

                Orton said "Members of the progressive community in Central Nova must look beyond the two
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
            carbon emissions trading, and that perhaps a particular environmental policy of the NDP may be
            more progressive than that of the GP. However, it is only within the Green Party that a certain
            kind of 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 deep
            ecology, which provides the philosophical basis to oppose 'resourcism', the dominant human-
            centered worldview of industrial capitalist society, that the Natural world exists primarily as
            raw material for the human purpose."

                Orton continued, "The existing industrial capitalist societies, in Canada and worldwide, are
            destroying the very conditions of life, not only for humans, but for other species and the Earth itself.
            The Green Party, theoretically - although the struggle is ongoing - sees itself as a voice for those
            species who have no representation, hence our welcomed stand finally, after long internal struggle,
            on opposing the annual seal slaughter. The annual so-called hunt of harp and hooded seals, is a
            barbaric, totally unnecessary wildlife slaughter, which has been supported consistently by the NDP,
            Tories and Liberals in the House of Commons."

                "The NDP," said Orton "due to its overall orientation, is not an ecological party, because of their
            belief that 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." Orton explained,
            "We need to think much more deeply. Ecocentric justice is more inclusive than human or social justice.
            'Community' has to include not just humans, but other animals, plants and the Earth itself."

                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
            first, particularly 
unionized 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
            framework. It does not understand or accept that ecology imposes 'limits' upon all of us. The NDP
            has no 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
            capitalist exploitive
paradigm, be it in forestry, agriculture and the fisheries. Thus, in industrial
            forestry, the NDP has supported clearcutting,
spraying, handing over forested crown lands to
            industry, unconditional support to the pulpmills, etc." 
Orton pointed out that while NDP interventions
            have a bias towards workers' interests, both worker and capitalist interests disregard the interests of the
            forests and their non-human inhabitants and degrade the forest base over the long term. And, he said,
            "It's a similar story for the industrial fishery and industrial agriculture."

                "Other examples of NDP's ecological ineptitude," said Orton, "are their support for the uranium
            industry in Saskatchewan;
and for the auto industry, where the NDP, by upholding the job interest of
            the auto workers, seriously undermine their
commitment to the Kyoto Protocol and to reductions in
            global warming."

                Orton pointed out "The ecology movement draws from all the 'isms' in society. People come to the
            Green Party from social democratic, liberal, conservative, and other political backgrounds."
In urging
            NDP supporters 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 fundamental shift
            in ecological consciousness that is needed. Orton also pointed out that "Real conservatives are not
            slaves to the endless economic growth and consumerism market ideology. Real conservatives
            conserve, not 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 contribute to the needed shift in consciousness for humans in relating to the Natural world.
            Unless we vote for what we believe in, we will never get it."



            Authorized by the Official Agent for David Orton

            Mark A. Brennan
            Campaign Manager for The Green Party Candidate for Central Nova, David Orton
            Phone Central Nova Campaign Manager (902) 396 4397
            Green Party Candidate, David Orton (925) 925 2514
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