Jacques-Car­tier Green Par­ty can­di­date off and run­ning

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Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue re­sident James May­nard is see­king to re­present the Green Par­ty of Que­bec in the Jacques-Car­tier ri­ding during the up­co­ming pro­vin­cial elec­tion. May­nard, an eco­lo­gi­cal and so­cial ac­ti­vist with a Mas­ters of En­vi­ron­men­tal Stu­dies from York Uni­ver­si­ty, was un­til re­cent­ly the ac­ting ge­ne­ral ma­na­ger of the Coop du Grand Orme, a coo­pe­ra­tive or­ga­nic and fair trade store in Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue.

In 2013 May­nard de­si­gned and taught a 12-week course on health and the en­vi­ron­ment for the Na­tu­ral Health Consul­tants Ins­ti­tute

Be­sides wor­king as a teacher and edu­ca­tor, May­nard, who was mar­ried for the first time three years ago, is an as­pi­ring wri­ter and film­ma­ker. He plans to use those skills to make the com­mu­ni­ties he seeks to re­present sa­fer, heal­thier and clea­ner. May­nard says he fa­vors dia­logue and pea­ce­ful ac­tion as a way to reach his goals. Af­ter years of being an ac­tive Green Par­ty sup­por­ter, he felt now was the time to make his first at­tempt at run­ning for po­li­ti­cal of­fice. “This elec­tion is cru­cial, there is a lot at stake in terms of the at­ten­tion paid to the en­vi­ron­ment, the eco­no­my, lo­cal is­sues and so­cial jus­tice. The prio­ri­ties of this pro­vince and the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties have been hi­ja­cked by the PQ and other par­ties by di­vi­sive po­li­tics,” he said, ad­ding, “This kind of po­li­ti­cal stra­te­gy may be ve­ry ef­fec­tive in crea­ting a strong sense of na­tio­na­lism, of us ver­sus them and it is the ol­dest and most ef­fec­tive stra­te­gy in the book of po­li­tics.”

Char­ter of Va­lues

May­nard would like to get the fo­cus back on im­pro­ving Que­bec’s strug­gling eco­no­my and pre­ser­ving the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

If elec­ted, he said he would not sup­port the so-cal­led char­ter of va­lues.

“The Green Par­ty is the on­ly par­ty in Que­bec that is une­qui­vo­cal in its re­jec­tion of this di­vi­sive tac­tic,” he said. May­nard says other prio­ri­ties would in­clude ad­vo­ca­ting for the com­ple­tion of the Train de l’ouest pro­ject, as well as conti­nuing or aug­men­ting pro­tec­tion of the re­mai­ning na­tu­ral areas around the West Is­land such as l’Anse à l’Orme, Sen­ne­ville Woods and the An­gel Woods.

May­nard will or­ga­nize a pu­blic event to meet vo­ters once he re­turns from a pre­vious­ly plan­ned trip abroad with his wife. He plans to par­ti­ci­pate in any de­bates ta­king place prior to the elec­tion.

PHO­TO COUR­TE­SY OF JAMES MAY­NARD

Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue re­sident

James May­nard is see­king to re­present the Green Par­ty of Que­bec

in the Jacques-Car­tier ri­ding.

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