MP Blair Wilson welcomes opportunity to represent Greens



    WEST VANCOUVER, BC, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Joining the Green Party was the best
way to ensure that the voters of West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky
Country continued to have a voice of reason in Parliament, MP Blair Wilson
said today.
    His comments came a day after Green Party leader Elizabeth May announced
in Ottawa that Mr. Wilson had joined the party and would stand as its
candidate in West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country in the next
election.
    "I firmly believe that the voters of my riding are ready to make history
by returning a Green MP to Parliament - and it would be an honour for me to be
that person," said Mr. Wilson.
    He added that in many ways, joining the Green Party was like coming home.
    "I have always shared the Green Party's values of sustainability,
non-violence, participatory democracy, social justice, respect for diversity
and ecological wisdom - and I am confident that most voters in my riding do so
as well."
    Mr. Wilson said one and a half million Canadians supported Green Party
candidates in the last election, but in reality, millions of others
demonstrate their support for the Green cause every day by striving to live
more sustainable lives and showing concern for the major challenges facing the
planet.
    "Those Canadians deserve a strong voice in Parliament and only the Green
Party of Canada can give it to them. That's why I intend to do my utmost to
retain my seat in the next election," he said.
    Mr. Wilson stepped aside from the Liberal Party caucus last October when
anonymous allegations of financial irregularities in his 2006 election
campaign surfaced in the media. He rejected the allegations as a smear
campaign to end his political career, requested Elections Canada to
investigate the allegations and was cleared.
    The party's provincial "Green Light Committee", which vets all
candidates, had earlier rejected Mr. Wilson candidacy based on personal
information that was inaccurate and untested. He was not given an opportunity
to defend himself before the committee and there was no appeal process.
    Commenting today, Mr. Wilson said the federal Liberal Party in British
Columbia was being hamstrung by a powerful group of unelected backroom
players.
    "I got on the wrong side of that group early on because my success in the
party after I was elected in 2006 was perceived as a threat to their power,"
he said.
    "Based on what's happened over the past year, it's clear that they were
prepared to stoop very low to remove me from the scene, but they have failed."
    Mr. Wilson said Green Party leader Elizabeth May and her senior advisors
had carefully scrutinized the same information that the Green Light Committee
had used as a basis to reject his candidacy and found nothing that would
disqualify him from standing for Parliament.




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For further information: Chris Freimond, (604) 990-1378, (778) 840-2428
(cell), chris@cfpr.ca

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