Peter Bevan-Baker offers for Green Party leadership

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Peter Bevan-Baker and Eliza Knockwood, members of the Green Party chat during the federal election night in May 2011.

Peter Bevan-Baker has announced his intention to seek the leadership of the Green Party of Prince Edward Island.

A dentist by profession, Bevan-Baker is also a musician and environmentalist who has been associated with the Green Party for over 20 years, running as a candidate both federally and provincially. His first election in 1993 resulted in him receiving one of the highest vote counts of any Green Party candidate in the country.

“I want to challenge Islanders to reassess their voting behaviour," Bevan-Baker said in the news release announcing his bid. "For too long the Liberals and Conservatives have dominated the political scene in Prince Edward Island, with a spectacular record of failure on social, environmental and fiscal issues."

P.E.I.'s Green Party founder, Sharon Labchuk, announced she was stepping down in July.

Labchuk established the Green Party of P.E.I. in 2005. Under her leadership the party placed third, behind the Progressive Conservatives, in both the 2007 and 2011 elections, and increased the party’s support last year’s election despite a drop in voter turnout.

A leadership convention will be held later this year and Darcie Lanthier has been appointed interim leader.

Bevan-Baker said he is not a politician who "sugar-coats" things.

"I think the public is acutely aware that something is not quite right on Prince Edward Island. Our province needs leadership that is principled and visionary. I am dismayed by the Ghiz government as they appear to lurch from one crisis to the next, wilfully ignoring the needs and preferences of Islanders. There appears to be no end to their arrogance and no beginning to their vision.”

He said the Green Party can "place Prince Edward Island at the forefront of the profound economic and social changes sweeping the globe. I especially want to see the farming community on P.E.I. prosper while also protecting the environment."

Organizations: Green Party, Conservatives

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Hampton

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  • Darcie Lanthier
    August 11, 2012 - 07:23

    Good news! Peter Bevan-Baker is a successful, honest and principled man with a vision for the future of Prince Edward Island.

  • South Shore
    August 10, 2012 - 16:07

    The liberal's and conservative's approach to economic development and governance have put our economy, our education system , our health care system and our finances at the bottom or close to it when measured against other provinces. At the same time they have saddled us with some of the highest taxes in the country. Maybe a change in approach wouldnt be such a bad idea since the current approach show no light at the end of the tunnel.

  • money
    August 10, 2012 - 13:09

    quite often --a person's livelihood depends on how he votes --as in a recent story i related to a friend --before an election a contractor once assembled his workers to say that if a certain party did not get in ,he would not be getting a big contract and a lot of employees would no longer be needed-- i can give you lots of other such occurences as can others !! the green party has to accept reality and offer an "ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATIVE"--people can't live on air alone and it's impossible to farm when you have no property------------people need a source of money and old style politics play right into that role --PRETTY HARD TO COMPETE WITH JUST "AIR" AS THE ALTERNATIVE--- the green party is just a one-trick pony in many peoples eyes !!!

    • dm
      August 10, 2012 - 13:54

      sad but true it is

    • Captain Rabbit
      August 10, 2012 - 13:57

      No one should vote on the basis of bribes and intimidation, as you suggest is the case. If you do, you get what you deserve--same old, same old. But I think you should read the Green Platform. It is far from a one-trick pony--as we have seen federally where Elizabeth May is offering considered, sustained and principled opposition to Mr. Harper's agenda.

  • Captain Rabbit
    August 10, 2012 - 11:18

    This is just what Island politics needs--an intelligent, committed and principled leader with an exciting vision for the province. I'll be joining the Green Party now.

    • Leah
      August 14, 2012 - 12:49

      When someone is such a great person, as Peter is, it is needless to say they will be a wonderful leader!

  • furthermore voter
    August 10, 2012 - 10:55

    """politics is not the place for this great cause nor for this great person -- please help green supporters find a better avenue than the political route !!!!!!!!!"""" please to not refer to this gentleman as a politician --this person is much more than the typical politician ---what has to be realized by this man and many others is that he is fighting for oxygen ----------while oxygen is the main requirement for life , many would argue money is at least a close second and while many will gladly take oxygen for granted --a great number of people will work hard , deceive, and steal, murder or suppress etc.etc.etc..... for money----few will do the same for oxygen unless forced !!!!

  • Happy
    August 10, 2012 - 10:39

    Great news. A sensible, honest and smart man who is actually concerned about helping the province instead of just the same old political buddies.

  • VOTER
    August 10, 2012 - 10:03

    politics is not the place for this great cause nor for this great person -- please help green supporters find a better avenue than the political route !!!!!!!!!

  • Part-time Islander
    August 10, 2012 - 09:33

    Great news - Peter would make a great leader for any political party as he would endeavour to ensure the best actions were taken for the population at large - there wouldn't be special deals done with individuals for their good at the expense of other people. Best wishes for a successful leadership convention, Peter, and then onward to fill the role of PEI Premier.

    • Bevan-Baker Supporter
      August 10, 2012 - 11:53

      THIS is who we've been waiting for! Peter is a person who always puts others needs ahead of his own and the well being of the community first! You have my vote, Peter!