VICTORIA — Two hundred supporters showed up Saturday, Jan. 17, for the opening of a flagship West Coast office of the Green Party of Canada.
Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony and called the opening a momentous beginning for a “green wave” across B.C.
The new West Coast Green Space at 843 Fort St. in downtown Victoria will also serve as the central office of the Green Party of B.C. and play host to green community events and gatherings.
Along with May, the grand opening included speeches and introductions by Green Party of B.C. leader Adam Olsen and members of the federal 2015 Team Green — including B.C. candidates Paul Manly (Nanaimo-Ladysmith), Lynne Quarmby (Burnaby North-Seymour), Ken Melamed (West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country) and Glenn Sollitt (Courtenay-Alberni).
The office is a key part of the Green Party plan to win over a dozen seats in the next election; enough to hold the balance of power in a minority government and foster true co-operation.
A series of nomination meetings will determine the remaining slate of Green Party candidates across coastal B.C.
— Submitted by the Green Party of Canada