ABOUT GREEN LEFT

Growing numbers of people in Canada are seeking a forum for the development and promotion of policies and grass-root campaigns that are situated at the intersection of environmentalism and socialism. Canada needs a non-partisan, eco-socialist movement that is action-driven and offers comprehensive solutions for the social, economic, political and ecological challenges we face.

Green Left Canada will empower political and social voices and organizations to develop economic, political and social systems that support the livelihoods of all people, particularly equity-seeking groups, while working to reverse ecological catastrophe and protect the biodiversity of the planet.

Green Left Canada invites all groups and individuals, regardless of affiliation, who share this vision and our core values, to discuss specific policies, promote them within existing structures (parties, labour organizations, student federations, other associations), lobby and pressure politicians to adopt our framework for change, and facilitate mutual support and organization at the local, regional and national levels

Who are we?

As eco-socialists, we are a part of a larger national and global movement that responds to the current intersection of multiple crises.

Green Left Canada emerges from the groundswell of opposition to neo-liberal systems that threaten the survival of the planet and democracy, and concentrate wealth in fewer and fewer hands. Those systems also undermine national autonomy and development, human and global health and peace, as well as social, racial and gender justice.

Replacing exploitative capitalist economic systems with ecosocialist solutions is the primary objective of our political activities.

We are guided by the fact that Canada is a settler-colonial state, and that any political, social and cultural movements that occur on this land must consistently reckon with, attend to, and re-imagine the oppressive legacies and structures of the colonial project. Our movement is not only responsive to these realities, but actively seeks to transform them in solidarity with the leadership of Indigenous groups.

Green Left Canada is building on the momentum generated during the Dimitri Lascaris 2020 campaign for the federal leadership of the Green Party of Canada

Founders

  • Atul Bahl
    Atul Bahl

    Atul Bahl is a lifelong educator in the Ontario public school system. He is a passionate progressive with a distinguished record of activism in social justice, organized labour and anti-racism. Atul served as President of the federal NDP riding association for Trinity-Spadina during Olivia Chow’s two terms as the MP for the riding. Recently, Atul was the Chair of Strategy on the Dimitri Lascaris campaign for the Leadership of the Green Party of Canada.

  • Karen Brill
    Karen Brill

    Karen originally became involved with the Green Party when she was active on the Franklin River Blockade in Tasmania, Australia, during the 80s. Trained in Civil Disobedience, Non-Violent Action and Consensus Decision Making, she led the orientation of new volunteers and was involved in several actions on the blockade. She is a current member of the Davenport Executive of the GPC and served as Communications Chair for Dimitri’s leadership campaign in 2020.

    Karen has a personal mission to help unify groups, organizations, communities … and the world!  She lives in Toronto where she has raised two sons.

  • Radhika Desai
    Radhika Desai

    Radhika Desai is Professor at the Department of Political Studies, and Director of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group, at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. She recently started her third term as President of the Society for Socialist Studies. She is the author of Geopolitical Economy: After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire (2013) in which she proposed a new approach to understanding world affairs in the capitalist era in which the contradictions of capitalism made the economic role of nations central and determined the dynamic of international relations of the modern capitalist world. Dr. Desai was educated at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, and at Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada.

  • Wendy Goldsmith
    Wendy Goldsmith

    Wendy graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from Kings College in London Ontario. She has been practicing for 30 years, working with the most marginalized and oppressed individuals and communities as they struggle and search for healing and justice.

    Wendy is an active organizer with Canada Boat to Gaza, and was a boat leader during the Women’s Boat to Gaza campaign.  She is also an active member of People for Peace London, and is an ally and supporter of Idle No More and Black Lives Matter, and any movement that brings people together in the struggle for truth, equality and justice.

    She passionately works for reconciliation with the first people of Turtle Island, and when action doesn’t feel like it’s enough, she often expresses her angst through poetry.   She finds comfort getting lost in the woods with her trustworthy four legged sidekick, Ella, but perhaps her greatest achievement of all is that she is proud mom of three amazing adult children.

  • David Heap
    David Heap

     A teacher-researcher (French Studies and Linguistics, also affiliate faculty with Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies) at the University of Western Ontario, David is a father of two and a community-based peace and human rights advocate.

    He is active within a number of civil society groups at the neighbourhood, municipal, national and international levels. A trade-unionist who participates in the Political Action Committee of the London and District Labour Council, David helped organize Londoners for Door to Door mail delivery, 2014-2016.

    He helped found the Canadian Boat to Gaza campaign in 2010 and sailed against the blockade of Gaza in 2011. David has supported successive missions of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition in different capacities since then, including most recently as media coordinator.

  • Stephanie Kelly
    Stephanie Kelly

    Stephanie holds a PhD in French Linguistics from the University of Western Ontario and loves gardening, camping and kayaking.

    She is a community-based peace and human rights advocate, active within civil society groups at the neighbourhood, municipal, and national and international levels.

    She helped organize with Londoners for Door to Door mail delivery, 2014-2016, with People for Peace, London (most recently working to support a migrant worker) and with the participants committee of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.

  • Dimitri Lascaris
    Dimitri Lascaris

    Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer, journalist and activist. He has served on the Boards of numerous public-interest, not-for-profit corporations, including The Unity Project for the Relief of Homelessness, Pro Bono Ontario, and Toronto350.  In 2014, Dimitri presented Toronto350’s fossil fuels divestment petition to the President of the University of Toronto.

    In Canada’s 2015 federal election, Dimitri ran for the Green Party of Canada in the riding of London West. Subsequently, he served as Justice Critic in the Shadow Cabinet of the Green Party of Canada and as Justice Critic in the Shadow Cabinet of the Green Party of Quebec (PVQ). In 2018, he was elected to be a member of the PVQ’s Executive Committee.

    In March 2020, Dimitri announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada. The leadership contest concluded in October 2020. Dimitri finished in second place out of eight candidates, garnering 45.5% of the votes on the eighth and final ballot.

  • Howard Leznoff
    Howard Leznoff

    Howard is a retired high school teacher of English, Philosophy and Media/Cultural Studies. Throughout his career he helped organize student activist groups focusing on equity, ecology, anti-militarism and anti-consumerism.

    As a union member and Political Action rep, he worked to bring larger –often global– contexts to discussions of pedagogy and education, and to build critical and democratic cultures within the workplace. In 2020 he joined the communications team of Dimitri Lascaris’ campaign for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada.

    A father of two daughters, he currently lives with his wife in Markham, Ontario.

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