Last night was the close of voting in the Green Party of Quebec’s confidence vote in my leadership. The members of our party have entrusted me with a new leadership mandate which I accept with great pride, humility and enthusiasm. Thank you for your support!
Over past few weeks, I have had the chance to talk with hundreds of Green Party of Quebec members from all over the province, who have shared with me the issues which are most important to them. It has been a pleasure getting to know each member one by one during the over 30 days I spent on the phone having conversations with over 700 of our members. This renewed proximity with our membership has enabled me to lay the groundwork for the 2022 election campaign. Many of our members are candidates in waiting and it has been a privilege to be able to form meaningful relationships with hundreds of our members through the course of this campaign.
I would like to thank all of my supporters, all of the Green Party members and everyone who believes in me. Your support means so much to me and I will be forever grateful for this renewed confidence you have placed in me, in my policies and in my management of the Green Party of Quebec.
Those who follow my politics know that I have always stayed true to my principles of environmental protection and social justice, the members of the Green Party of Quebec have confirmed and upheld their support for eco-socialism through this vote and I can assure you that the Green Party of Quebec will continue to be an outspoken left wing voice in Quebec politics. This vote confirms that eco-socialism is alive and well in the Canadian Green movement and members who were disappointed with the loss of eco-socialist candidates in the federal leadership race can look to these results as proof that eco-socialism is here to stay.
This new leadership mandate comes with important responsibilities and I will not let the members down. I pledge to continue increase diversity in our ranks, to put an end to toxic infighting, to build the party from the grass roots up, to present a full slate of 125 candidates in the next election in what will be a historic breakthrough for our party. I pledge to pursue a collaborative leadership approach in which every person who wants to contribute to the advancement of our organization and of our policies is given the opportunity to do so.
The Green Party of Québec has come a long way over the past few years. We have gone from being a loose coalition of environmentalists to a major political party with a clear vision for the future of the province, a dynamic team of candidates and a dedicated membership. With the leadership question settled we can now concentrate on building up the organization ahead of the 2022 election. We have so much potential as a team and I look forward to working with everyone.
Quebec politics is volatile. We have seen small party’s surge to mainstream success in the course of just a few weeks. With an ever-worsening environmental crisis, challenging economic and public health conditions and an electorate that is demanding more action from governments to stand up for people’s health, well-being and basic survival it is still far too early to predict who Quebec voters will send to the national assembly in 2022. Our responsibility as a party is to offer voters a compelling alternative to the status quo with a dynamic team of candidates, bold policies and a progressive vision for the future of our province. I also look forward to continuing my work to unite Green Parties from around the world in my capacity as the founder of the Global Green News as well as my work as president of the Beaven and Round Lakes Association.
While I am aware that there are members who voted against my leadership, rest assured that I have taken note of some constructive criticisms and that certain changes will be made. The party, the organization and my leadership have evolved during this process and improvements will be made. In a party that had changed leaders every two years for thirty years until my election as leader in 2013 obtaining 65% support from the membership after two general elections and over seven years in the position was no easy task. I did it through hard work, dedication, collaboration and by staying true to my principles.
I would like to thank each and every person who voted for me, who endorsed my campaign and who helped me and the organization get to where we are today. I would also like to extend a special thank you to Marlene Hale, Cathy Richardson, Sandra Gagdos, Nicholas Lescabeau, Alain Joseph, Carmen Budilean, Manel Chaouche, Nadia Barkesh, Lisa Mintz, Roger Fleury, Janet Thomas and to my deputy leader Halimatou Bah thank you so much for your support!
I have never been more optimistic for the future of our party. Let’s work together for the 2022 election campaign!
Thank you all so much. Long live Quebec and long live the Green Party of Quebec.