Green Party of Ontario

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The Green Party of Ontario contests provincial elections in Ontario, Canada. It is Canada's second-largest provincial Green Party after the Green Party of British Columbia.

Although it shares the same Ten Key Values as other North American Greens, it is sometimes criticized by leftists as being eco-capitalist and one of the "furthest right" Green Parties in North America. The elements of green politics it emphasizes, including a green tax shift there are almost libertarian in character. For this reason they are sometimes called Blue Greens or Green Tories. Many key members are recruits from the former centrist Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, including the party's only elected politician, Elio Di Iorio who was a protege of former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark.

While the party's "left" sometimes resents compromises, the defenders of this strategy argue that it builds a "big tent", effectively splits the right wing vote, and does not prevent Greens from cooperating on the municipal and regional level with more left-wing parties. A term that Green activists coined to describe this strategy is radical centrist. Another term used to describe it is eco-capitalist.

Leader Frank de Jong is a key figure in this strategy, and has led the Ontario Greens since 1993. As of June 2003, the Ontario Greens stood as the fourth party, with support of 6% of the decided voters. The party did not, however, win any seats in the October 2003 provincial election.

Perhaps accordingly, it is a strong supporter of electoral reform which will be decided in May 2005 for British Columbia: a referendum on single transferable vote - see British Columbia electoral reform referendum, 2005. Also in November 2005 PEI holds a similar referendum on mixed proportional representation - see PEI electoral reform referendum, 2005. Should either pass, the Ontario electoral reform referendum, 2007 would certainly proceed as planned. Template:Greens Either scheme, or combining the two into bioregional multi-member districts as the GPO has long advocated to create a bioregional democracy in Ontario, would benefit the GPO greatly.

As of February 2005 it was at 9% in provincial polls, perhaps due largely to reversals by Dalton McGuinty, the Liberal premier, on major environmental issues such as the Oak Ridges Moraine and Red Hill Expressway and 905 Big Pipe.

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Elected Greens

Election results

Election Candidates elected Total votes % of popular vote
1985 - 5,345 0.1%
1987 - 3,398 -
1990 - 30,097 0.7%
1995 - 14,108 0.4%
1999 - 30,749 0.7%
2003 - 126,651 2.8%

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