Alberta Green Party leadership candidates 2018 Matt Leviki, Brian Deheer, and Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes.

Three candidates jump into Green Party of Alberta leadership contest, Pro-Life Political Association of Alberta seeks new leader

Photo: Matt Leviki, Brian Deheer, and Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes.

Four months after party leader Romy Tittel resigned, the Green Party of Alberta has announced that three candidates have stepped forward to seek the party’s leadership ahead of a September 22, 2018 vote.

Tittel was chosen as leader in November 2017 and stepped down in March 2018. She released a statement on claiming her resignation was a result of troubling internal party decisions and personality conflicts with party activists. She was succeeded by interim leader Coral Bliss-Taylor.

The three candidates running for the party leadership are:

Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes is an indigenous and social justice activist. She currently works as an Administrative Coordinator at the Native Centre at the University of Calgary. She is a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 in Saskatchewan.

Brian Deheer is a resident of Lac La Biche and is the chairperson of the Athabasca Watershed Council. He was a 2017 leadership candidate and in the 2015 election had the party’s strongest showing in Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills, where he earned 2.8 percent of the vote. He was the federal Green candidate in the 2014 Fort McMurray-Athabasca by-election and in Fort McMurray-Cold Lake during the 2015 federal general election. He most recently ran in the Fort McMurray-Conklin by-election, where he earned 0.72 percent of the vote.

Matt Levicki is a resident of Lamont with a background in media and broadcasting. He was a candidate for the Evergreen Party in the 2012 provincial election in the Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville district, where he earned 1.35 percent of the vote.

The Green Party ran candidates in 24 constituencies in the 2015 election and earned a total 7,321 votes across the province.

The Green Party’s best ever showing in a provincial election took place in 2008, when the party earned 43,222 votes, or 4.5 percent of the province-wide vote. In that election, property rights activist Joe Anglin earned 22 percent of the vote in the Lacombe-Ponoka constituency. Anglin led the party for a short period until it was dissolved in 2009 (it was reformed in 2011) and was later elected as a Wildrose Party candidate in Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, where he served as MLA until 2015.

Meanwhile, the Pro-Life Political Association of Alberta, formerly known as the Social Credit Party of Alberta, will choose a new leader on August 17, 2018. The party name was changed following a takeover of the calcified old party by anti-abortion activists in 2016. The Social Credit Party formed government in Alberta from 1935 until 1971.

6 thoughts on “Three candidates jump into Green Party of Alberta leadership contest, Pro-Life Political Association of Alberta seeks new leader

  1. Jerrymacgp

    Re Green Party Leadership: why … would … anyone … care? The Green Party has about as much chance of electing even one MLA as the Bloc Québécois has of electing an MP in Winnipeg.

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    1. Nora Abercrombie

      I dunno, buddy. Maybe there are some people who think that another pipeline isn’t a great idea. So far, Greens are the only party that challenges the current focus on pipelines, profit and power. Greens focus on a long-term future for people, what they need to live a good life: clean water, a home, an education, enough to live on. Not handing our resources to corporations and choking on the smoke.

      Maybe, after this summer, more people have a sense of what’s coming and are willing to vote to stop it.

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      1. David

        On point – get off of FF!
        No argument here……..
        What stand do these GPcandidates take on what constitutes green energy?

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  2. David

    My sense is the upcoming election will be mostly about two parties, possibly three and everyone else will be in the all the rest category.

    However, I suppose something unexpected can happen to give one of the smaller parties a boost. Interestingly, the 2008 percentage vote for the Greens is close to some recent polling for the Alberta Liberals. I am not sure what to make of that, other than the all the rest space is fairly crowded currently. Perhaps there may be some mergers of smaller parties in order to create a bigger more viable party, a la Wildrose in the past.

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  3. SC

    Pro life political association of AB? Thy couldn’t come up with a better name?
    Talk about people with a one track mind 🙂

    Reply

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