David Merner statement on Conservative Party leadership contest

Merner encourages MacKay supporters to join Green Party 

Aug 26, Montreal—Today, Green Party leadership contender David Merner made the following statement: 

“I’d like to congratulate Erin O’Toole on becoming the new leader of the Conservative Party.

I’d also like to extend an offer to all Red Tories who voted for Peter MacKay to join the Green Party of Canada.  It's now clear that most Conservative Party members have no interest in progressive social policies. 

Many Progressive Conservatives joined the Green Party in 2005-06 after Stephen Harper became leader and removed “Progressive” from the Party name.  

Like Progressive Conservatives, Greens believe in socially progressive policy that is also fiscally sustainable.

Join us!  Help us to elect a new leader. Together, let's transform Canada into the sustainable society Canadians need and want.”

—David Merner 



David Merner is a candidate for leadership of the Green Party of Canada. David advised Ministers as a lawyer in Canada’s justice system for 28 years, first in Ottawa at Canada’s Department of Justice and Privy Council Office, then in Victoria at the BC Ministry of Attorney General. As a candidate for the Green Party of Canada in Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke in 2019, as a Shadow Cabinet Critic for Democratic Reform and for Justice, and as a husband and father of four daughters, David has learned how to listen and lead.

For more information or for media interested in interviewing David, contact Melanie Tomsons at 902-995-0057 // melanie.tomsons@gmail.com or Amanda Moddejonge at 226-349-5090 // amanda.moddejonge@greenparty.ca


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