Alberta Greens To Adapt Co-Leader Format

Media Release

November 19, 2019


RED DEER – In what is a Canadian first, members of the Green Party of Alberta have voted to create a Co-Leader system of party leadership.

The motion was voted upon at the party’s annual convention in Red Deer and passed with an overwhelming majority. Those speaking in favour of the motion spoke of creating a structure where more diversity can be reflected in leadership and of having two chief spokespersons based on a cooperative model.

In going this route, members of the Green Party of Alberta have followed in the footsteps of the Green Party of New Zealand, Green Party of Sweden, Green Party of Germany, and the Green Party of Austria, who are among the most successful Green parties in the world, with the initial two Green parties currently in national coalition governments in their respective countries.

Will Carnegie, Interim Leader of the Green Party, says he’s excited about what this means for internal party democracy and taking the party’s message to the people. “As we have keenly observed elsewhere, this approach leads to heightened democracy within the party because leadership is more broad-based than in the hands of a single person. Also importantly, with two leaders in the future we can cover more ground and engage more of our fellow Albertans.”

Adapting the Co-Leader format does not preclude the appointment of Deputy Leaders. The party’s executive council will determine how best, and within what timeline, to roll out the new model.

In other news, members also voted in favour of a motion that the Green Party of Alberta not schedule Conventions during federal general elections and that policy conventions and annual general meetings be held as one annual combined event.

Cass Romyn, a resident of Gibbons, Sturgeon County, was elected President of the Green Party of Alberta in the only contested position. Jenn Roach of Leduc is the new GPA Secretary while Will Carnegie (Calgary), Madeleine Oldershaw (Calgary), and Jane Drummond (Clearwater County) were elected to At-Large positions. Each will serve a two-year term.

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For more information, please contact:

Will Carnegie
Interim Leader of the Green Party of Alberta, Candidate of Record in Calgary-East
Phone: 403-973-6035

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