Welcome to the North Okanagan-Shuswap Greens!

We are the North Okanagan-Shuswap Federal Green Party Association.  Thank you for stopping by.


According to Elections Canada the North Okanagan-Shuswap is an “Electoral District” and we are an “Electoral District Association” or “EDA” for short.

Our purpose is to take an active and helpful role in our community, promote green values, foster awareness of the green party platform and of course, prepare for all federal elections.  In general, we want to make the world a better place and we do that by working together, locally.

Below is a recent post from a member.  Any member is welcome to submit a post and so long as it stays within the boundaries of green party sensibilities and common courtesy, we will try to post it below.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please click on the Join tab above.  We are also interested in highlighting this beautiful region with photos, so if you have any stunning shots you would like to share, please send them our way.

So have a look around and if you like what you see, please join us.

Proportional Representation

Advocating for “Proportional Representation” (PR) is one of the cornerstone policies of all Green Parties; both nationally as well as provincially.  It is with this in mind that the North Okanagan Shuswap Green Executive support and commend the efforts of the Green Party of BC in their endeavour to bring the BC democratic system into  the modern era.

The importance of this undertaking cannot be overstated, as failure to move forward with Proportional Representation (PR) will likely make good, honest, fact based governance on behalf of us citizens, very difficult if not impossible in the coming years.

In fact, our system was once famously lampooned for how much worse our system was to the American system – a system which produced a Trump presidency.  In our system there is no functional difference between our executive and our legislature.  The Prime Minister lords over both.  Therefore not only are we just as vulnerable as the States is to having someone in power who does not share the views of the majority, but we have no safe guards, no checks and balances or, as was joked, “unpaid checks and political imbalances”.

Having a multi party political system combined with the recent trend in North America towards greater and greater ideological polarity, means that the current “First Past The Post” (FPTP) system is becoming an increasing liability.

By far the greatest weakness of the current “First Past The Post” (FPTP) system is that it typically grants absolute power to minority groups with a minority of the total vote.  This can leave the majority of voters captured by an ideological minority with regional or self serving ambitions.

In the 2008 federal election the Bloc Quebecois received 1,380,991 votes and the Green Party of Canada received 72% of that or 987,613 votes.  The Block got 51 seats but the Greens did not get 72% of that seat count or 37 seats.  No, they got zero seats; not a single one.

Because the Block voter base was regionally concentrated, a little over one million separatist voters held 51 seats and the balance of power.  And almost one million people who voted for a national party were ignored.

But it gets worse.

In that same 2008 election, the NDP with 2,515,288 votes from across the country, earned almost twice as many votes as the Block.  But instead of winning what should be almost twice as many seats, the NDP got a mere 37, not even 3/4’s of the Block’s seat count.

And that is how a regional group stole the balance of power from a national party.  But the disruption caused by regionalism and ideology did not end there, and again the First Past The Post caused the aberration.

In 2008 the Conservative Party received 822,147 votes in the Alberta region while again the Green Party  received 987,613 votes across the country – 25% more votes than the Alberta region Conservatives.  The Conservatives were given 27 seats in Alberta alone but as we already know, almost 1 million Greens got zero seats; zero representation.

Had the 822 thousand Conservative voters been ignored like the 987 thousand Green voters, the Conservatives would not have been able to hold power with just a 38% minority of the total vote – only 22% of the actual electorate.

The very nature of PR is to create governments that rule by true majority often built through consultation and co-operation between parties.  This protects the voter from being subject to minority rule. And Proportional Representation also increases voter turnout because most of our votes actually count for something. 

When one ruling minority takes control of the government from a previous ruling minority, there is often a radical seesawing of policy.  For instance: Here in BC, the recent banning of political donations from corporations and unions reversed years of unencumbered donations which tended to buy elections.  Unless we get PR before the next election, the next ruling minority may just as easily reverse that ban, and again allow foreign or special interests unfair access to our decision makers through their targeted funding.

Because PR protects the majority from being ruled by a minority that could hold regional or ideological interests, the chance of wild policy shifts is greatly alleviated and the more extreme ideological elements remain under control.

The high sensitivity of FPTP to small shifts in voter preferences that often flips governments and policy in opposite directions, creates an air of regulatory and fiscal (tax/funding) uncertainty in the industrial and financial communities which often leads to reduced investment and a stagnating economy. Countries with PR have a 1% higher economic growth than countries with FPTP.  When you consider that Canada’s growth in 2016 was 1.5%, an extra 1% is sizable.  It would bring Canada’s growth up to the world’s average growth of 2.5%.  This 66% increase in economic performance is attributed to a tendency for PR governments to provide more credible long term economic policy.

The statistical evidence that  the First Past the Post system has become a liability and that any form of Proportional Representation is a better way to function and compete on the world stage is voluminous and compelling.  If you can help or would like to learn more, please go to Fair Voting BC.  There is more information and links below.

If our votes aren’t equal, how can our rights be?

How you can help


Why we need electoral reform




Statistical evidence


Federal Election Results 2008 – National


Federal Election Results 2008 – Alberta


Canada’s growth in 2016


Explanation of various electoral systems


Harper speech to the U.S. Council for National Policy (unpaid checks and political imbalances)


Happy Birthday Canada!

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Yesterday we celebrated 150 years of this exercise in co-operation called Canada.  For sure the land and the original settlers have been here longer than that… a lot longer.  In fact there is mounting evidence that the first people on this land we now call Canada were here even before the land/ice bridge occurred at the end of the last ice age.  These people agreed to share this land with the newcomers from Europe and for that, I’m grateful to them and their descendants.
There is a certain amount of group pride in being Canadian and a whole lot of personal gratitude, but we need to acknowledge that this Canada that we love is still not treating the original people here very well – actually they’ve been treated terribly – and this is something we all need to work on before we can feel accomplishment as a nation.
We can be proud of our history of helping other countries in their hours of need, in our acceptance of others and in our desires and actions to be a beneficial force in our world.
I personally feel just plain lucky to have been allowed to grow up Canadian, but recently the direction we Canadians have taken has filled me with immense gratitude, pride and much realistic hope for the future of our country, our world and our children.
In the last federal election, we Canadians made extra efforts to shun bigotry and embrace inclusiveness,  to move past the status quo and work to re-define a country and a world that respects the rights of all, including future generations and their right to a livable world.  That is an immense reversal of a world view that is not only essential to survival, but also is a return to a more heroic way of being – one that my parents and theirs lived by.
We didn’t get what we asked for or were promised, but that is the fault of those who would break their promises on fair elections, honest environmental reviews, protecting the right of privacy and substantial action on equity between Indigenous peoples and modern settlers.
Yes, the Trudeau Liberals are better than the previous administration but that was a pretty low bar.  We need to move the bar up and hold this new government accountable.  That’s where we need you to do what you can to keep upward pressure on this Liberal government that has been back sliding into the “Old Boys Club” again.
Right here, right now, as this country celebrates it’s 150th birthday, is the time to set our course for the next 150.  It is up to you, and me, everyone, to make sure we’re headed in the right direction.  So that future generations will have a fighting chance to help this world. So that in another 150 years those that bear the torch we once so valiantly carried, will not only celebrate the birthday of this nation, but the renewal of a world that we almost lost.
So please stay informed and help out where you can.  Together we will build a better country and world.
Happy Birthday Canada!
The Okanagan Shuswap Greens