Green – the colour implies renewal, starting fresh with a new perspective.
Green Party provincial candidate Keenan Aylwin says next June’s election will be about changing how politics are done in
Instead, he argues, a Green government under leader Mike Schriener would be the party of “small business, favouring a balanced approach that supports a living wage, but also immediate tax relief for small businesses so that they can afford to create more, and better-paying, jobs.”
No longer do Green candidates have to battle the perception that they speak only for the trees; “unlocking” affordable housing is a cornerstone of Aylwin’s campaign.
“Homeless shelters in
One might argue that Aylwin is going straight to the top – seeking the new riding of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, and therefore, taking on Brown in his own backyard. While not mentioning the Tory leader specifically, Aylwin reiterates conventional politics are continuing to drive would-be voters away.
“In the last provincial election, less than 50 per cent of people voted in
Aylwin, a political activist aiming his efforts at a variety of causes, recognizes the diversity of folks that make up his riding – folks being excluded by the process.
“The people in this area come from a diverse set of economic backgrounds and face a wide range of issues, from the cost of Hydro to not being able to feed their families.
“I believe it is critical that we include people who are marginalized and young people in this movement in order to change
And, already, he says, the Green message is taking root.
“We have already had Green victories in
The message is being heard beyond the riding, beyond provincial borders.
“Greens have been elected from coast-to-coast, most recently in P.E.I. where the Green Party doubled its seats and leader is now the most popular politician on the island. What these Green victories in B.C., in P.E.I., and in
Holding onto his principles rather than saying just anything to get elected is at the core of Aylwin’s candidacy.
“I will never compromise my values to get elected because first and foremost I am an activist who believes people can make a difference. Running for the Green Party makes the most sense to me because the Green Party is not only a political movement, but a social movement as well.”
Once elected as MPP, Keenan Aylwin vows to hold onto that passion that got him politically involved in the first place. “I will relentlessly fight to engage the community in our political system.
“After all, isn’t the job of our leaders to inspire us?”
Those interested in learning more about Keenan and the Green platform in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte are urged to visit his website by clicking here.