Green party unveils election platform
Last Updated: Friday, May 22, 2009 | 6:05 PM ET
Nova Scotia's Green party unveiled a platform Friday that focuses on support for renewable energy and energy conservation.
Party leader Ryan Watson said the Greens want to dramatically increase wind and solar energy and make forestry and fishery practices more sustainable.
The plan hasn't been costed out, but Watson said he believes it can be done.
Watson, who became leader last year, said he's still introducing his party to Nova Scotians.
The party was formed only six weeks before the last provincial election in 2006. It picked up 9,400 votes, or about two per cent of the popular vote.
As a registered party, the Greens qualified for more than $300,000 in seed funding when Nova Scotia introduced public election financing. It receives $1.50 for every vote it gets.
Watson plans to have a full slate of 52 candidates on the June 9 ballot. He has been asking potential candidates to step forward even if they won't commit time or energy to the campaign.
Party officials say they still have about $150,000 in their war chest. The rest of the money has gone to leader and organizer salaries, party functions and materials.
Here's what the other parties received in public election financing:
- Progressive Conservatives: $725,580
- New Democrats: $670,125
- Liberals: $544,519