Jacques-Cartier Green Party candidate off and running
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.
James Maynard is seeking to represent the Green Party of Quebec
in the Jacques-Cartier riding.