Democracy365 Podcast Premiere
Join Adam Sommerfeld, former Green Party candidate for Toronto-Centre, alongside co-host Steven Hobé, for this pilot episode, chatting about all things Green.
We want to keep the debate alive beyond Ontario's recent election. This is a chance to chat with folks involved in the Green movement, both here locally and around the globe. We’re undertaking nothing less than a redesign of the local riding association model, to explore how it can become a viable medium for local political action.
Being a part of political, especially one like the Greens committed to diversity and grassroots engagement, is not just about being a cheerleader for the party « brand » or toting the party line. A riding association should be about fostering dialogue in the community and act as a forum for discussion, for policy making and ideation. Politics needs to be more engaging, creative and interactive. nothing is apolitical. Voting is but one part of your agency as citizens, and the choice you are presented with at the ballot box every few years is determined by political parties — so it is absolutely incumbent upon parties to be inclusive, to help people build social capital and empowerment. That’s why the Green Party fought to get big money out of politics, why we’re against whipped voting in the legislature, why we believe 100% in local nomination processes, a decentralized power structure, electoral reform for proportional representation and multi partisan collaboration. Partisan culture is only a means to an end, not an end in and of itself.