Bevan-Baker acclaimed as P.E.I. Green Party leader

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Peter Bevan-Baker addresses a crowd of  supporters after being acclaimed as leader of the P.E.I. Green Party at the party's leadership convention Saturday. Guardian photo

Peter Bevan-Baker has officially stepped into the role of leader of the P.E.I. Green Party.

Bevan-Baker was acclaimed leader during the party’s leadership convention Saturday at The Guild. 

As her final duty as the party’s interim leader, Darcie Lanthier presented Bevan-Baker with an invitation from the legislative assembly to the opening of the upcoming fall sitting of legislature.

In an address to the approximate 50 party supporters at the acclamation, Bevan-Baker said that he feels P.E.I. is entering a new era of politics and away from the traditional two-party system.

“I’m extremely excited and passionate about this opportunity that lies before us, to have make some really substantive profound changes to Prince Edward Island,” said Bevan-Baker. “It’s an enormous opportunity that we have here and it’s my responsibility to make sure that we go forth.”

The convention saw a number of panelists present Saturday morning, engaging in discussions over issues such as better protection of Island watersheds and sustainable land use planning. 

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.

Bevan-Baker said he intends to run in district 17 Kelly’s Cross-Cumberland in the 2015 provincial election. The district’s current MLA is Liberal cabinet minister Valerie Docherty.

Bevan-Baker previously ran in the district during the 2011 provincial election and received 306 votes, the most of any Green Party candidate during the election.

Bevan-baker said he believes many Islanders feel the current Liberal government is no longer representative of them.

“Our province has become over the last little while the victim I believe of mismanagement and a complete lack of vision,” he said. “Because in a place as singularly beautiful and resourceful as Prince Edward Island, we should be the envy of the rest of the country. But sadly that's not the case, we have poisoned our landscape and we’re known as a perpetual have-not province that has mishandled programs such as the PNP.”

Bevan-Baker said during the next three years he’ll be laying out a future vision for P.E.I. and collecting thoughts and ideas from others of how the province “can be made a better place.”

The convention was highlighted by a keynote address from Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May on Friday.

Organizations: Green Party, The Guild

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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  • Alexander Jablanczy MD
    May 05, 2015 - 04:13

    Congratulations from a former Green defeated candidate in Sault Ste Marie. Yes this the way to win run ten times until the defeats pile up and victory becons. Then comes the issuue what to do with this victory. Since PEI is a very traditional agricultural province it seems self evident that the most important issue ought to be banning all GMO from the province and enforcing labeling of all GM imports of which there should be very few. There are no tar sands on PEI fortunately but everyone has to eat, Green philosophy is very simple we want clean air clean water and clean food. All this should be in abundance in this province. I thought English in PEI and included Milton Acorn's poem Adegbite in the curriculum.

  • Bernadette Mulligan
    November 04, 2012 - 15:19

    Yahoo Peter !!! Keep on Standing up to those Liberals ,,,None of them listen to the real people, especially, Ghiz with his "GOLD SPOON in his - - - - !!! lol :))) Many do not stand up out of FEAR of losing their seasonal job, either for someone in the family or themselves. That is the way it is here for the past 100 +++ years ,,,Democratic via If , you want your STAMPS KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT !!! My proof is : I was told that I am an Conservative , after coming back to the ISLAND , 26 years later and going away at age 18 < lol > the Liberals do it the same way, many have told me, the same kind of story ,,, !!! YOU lead by example,,, All the Best Bernie Mulligan, Kinkora , PEI

  • Ya sure don't turn green for money
    November 04, 2012 - 12:46

    It the Island had some form of proportionate representation, they're be a Green Party member in our legislature. Substantive contributions aside, just think how much more entertaining to have Bevan-Baker asking Green questions to the Blue and Red parties. If someone had of told me I've vote Green a few years ago I would have backed slowly away from them. Now, it seems that that the two "traditional" parties are backing slowly away from me, and many other Islanders. You sure don't become the leader of the Green Party for money. I say, good on you Mr. Bevan-Baker, good on you!

  • Gerald O'Meara
    November 04, 2012 - 08:02

    Congratulations Peter.

  • Caleb Adams
    November 04, 2012 - 07:02

    Congratulations Peter!!

  • Rose
    November 03, 2012 - 18:10

    Congratulations to you Peter Bevan-Baker. Do us proud and listen to Islanders. We are tired of being ignored and treated like idiots.

  • GreenMachine
    November 03, 2012 - 16:44

    Congratulations, Peter. I wish I could have been there. Things are getting a good shakeup these days in little old PEI.