Paul Manly to be Green Party candidate in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Kathryn-Jane Hazel

Green Party of Canada

Wednesday, January 21 2015

Paul Manly is now the official candidate for the Green Party in the newly-formed riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

The filmmaker and social activist was voted in as the candidate at a packed meeting of more than 250 members and supporters last week at Nanaimo’s Beban Park Social Centre.

Manly said that as the MP for the riding he would be accountable to his constituents, not corporations, political insiders or party bureaucrats.

“Nanaimo-Ladysmith needs an MP who not only understands the complexity of the issues but is free to speak their mind, vote their conscience, and represent their constituents without fear of sanction.”

Elizabeth May, federal Green Party leader, told the overflow crowd that her pledge to Manly was that he would be expected to answer to his constituents first, not to her as leader.

May predicted that Greens could hold the balance of power in a minority government with the Green Party making major breakthroughs in B.C. “There’s going to be a green tidal wave coming from Vancouver Island in 2015”, she said.

“In 2011 we made history by electing the first Green MP with the highest voter turn-out in Canada. In 2015 we’re going to save Canada by electing more Green MPs.”

Editor’s note: Two other candidates have already been announced for Nanaimo-Ladysmith for the next federal election. This past fall, Sheila Malcolmson of Gabriola was voted in as the candidate for the federal New Democrat Party and Mark MacDonald of Nanaimo was acclaimed as the candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada. Click here for full story.