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Montreal, October 29th 2019
Tuesday October 29th, Alex Tyrrell, leader of the Green Party of Quebec, along with members of our political organization, assisted the borough of Verdun in various species of trees in Rapids Park.
October 24, 2019. Montreal - Green Party of Quebec leader Alex Tyrrell issued the following statement in response to the Kanehsatake hunger strike by Al Harrington as it enters its 14th day.
« We call on the Legault government to implement a short term moratorium on development of the Kanien’keh home lands in Kanehsatake and to immediately pursue a Nation to Nation dialogue with the Rotinonhsesháka.
Over the years, the encroachment of developers on Kanehsatake land combined with the continuation of colonial policies designed to eliminate or assimilate indigenous peoples in Kanehsatake and beyond have led to division, tensions, protests and now a hunger strike. It’s time for the governments of Quebec and Canada to enter into meaningful negotiations in good faith and to reverse the colonization process. That includes dialogue, negotiations and obtaining consent from traditional indigenous government institutions such as the Kanehsatake Longhouse.
Reconciliation is not just a talking point. Apologies are not enough. It’s time to take meaningful steps to correct current and historic injustices in Quebec and Canada that are rooted in racism. »
Alex Tyrrell visited Al Harrington in Kanehsatake on October 20th. He also condemns the intimidation of Al Harrington and his supporters by the provincial police.
« Flying helicopters over the site of this peaceful protest on a daily basis at low altitude is an unnecessary escalation. It’s an act of intimidation that will be counterproductive in resolving these issues » said Tyrrell.
A text by Alex Tyrrell, leader of the Green Party of Québec and former NDP organizer under Jack Layton's leadership
Earlier this week, longtime activist and filmmaker Paul Manly became the second Green MP ever elected to the federal parliament. This victory comes on the heels of the Prince Edward Island Green Party’s unprecedented election results in which they have formed the official opposition in that province.
At a time when the NDP is struggling to express even the slightest opposition to pipeline projects, tar sands or human rights abuses committed by the state of Israel, the Green Party of Canada is presenting a radical policy agenda that seeks to implement meaningful environmental protections while tackling inequality and rebuilding Canada’s reputation on the world stage.
The Green Party of Quebec is an ardent defender of the rights and freedoms of all. As a result, we strongly oppose the "secularism" bill introduced by the Legault government and Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette.
This manoeuvre is the result of a xenophobic trend that is increasingly present in Quebec. This trend is largely due to right-wing media and political opportunism.
"Today, I am ashamed of my government," said Alex Tyrrell, leader of the Green Party of Quebec. "The Government of Quebec is attacking religious minorities, our fundamental rights and individual freedoms. This bill will legalize discrimination in the workplace, which is against both the Canadian Constitution and the Quebec Charter Rights. By doing so, the Government of Quebec will increase social tensions, empower extreme right-wing organizations and contribute to increased discrimination in employment across Quebec. It is not the role of government to legislate on the appearance and clothing of citizens in a free and democratic society. »