Green Party Convention Featured Speakers

SIDNEY -- The Saanich-Gulf Islands riding association is proud to host the 2012 Green Party Convention in Sidney, BC, this weekend, August 17-19th, 2012 and welcomes tremendous speakers.

“I’m so pleased to have the Convention in my home riding, welcoming Greens from all over Canada to this beautiful part of the country, “said Green Leader Elizabeth May and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. “And we look so forward to our special guests who will share their insights with us.”

Author Ronald Wright will discuss the film Surviving Progress, which was inspired by his best-selling book Friday night (August 17th, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm PT)

Independent MP Bruce Hyer to speak about his experience in Parliament as an environmentalist Saturday morning (August 18th, 9:00 am PT)

Liberal MP Stéphane Dion will present his ideas on election reform Saturday morning (August 18th, 11:20 am PT)

Humourist Arthur Black, multiple winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour hosts the Gumboot Gala Saturday night (August 18th, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm PT)

Elizabeth May will give the keynote address Saturday evening at the Gumboot Gala (August 18th, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm PT)

Green Parliamentarians from around the world will share how Greens have been effective around the globe (Sunday, August 19th, 10:15 am to 11:15 am PT)

Oras Tynkkynen : Finnish Green Member of Parliament, city councilor and activist

André Gattolin : Green Senator for Hauts-de-Seine (France) since September 2011

Jean Lambert : Green Party’s Member of European Parliament for London in 1999

Metiria Turei : New Zealand Green Member of Parliament since 2002, and elected Green Party Co-leader since 2009

For more information please see the Convention agenda.

For media inquiries concerning accreditation to attend the convention and/or interviews with Elizabeth May, speakers and special guests contact Debra Eindiguer (, 613.240.8921).