Manly supports declaring Nanaimo climate emergency

Paul Manly

0428 - Paul Manly, Green Party candidate for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, is supporting a Nanaimo city council motion to declare a climate emergency. Manly wrote to Mayor and Council in support of the motion by Coun. Tyler Brown. It will be debated Monday evening.

“Last year, smoke from wildfires permeated our air, causing harm to the health of all residents, particularly those with preexisting respiratory conditions like asthma,” wrote Manly.

“Climate change poses a very real and significant threat to the safety and wellbeing of our community, not to mention vital local industries like tourism and forestry. We need to ensure that we are prepared for the scale of this emergency. We must ensure that we have adequate supplies, staff and plans for wildfires, storms and other forms of extreme weather. We must prioritize improving our local food security, back-up power, and ensuring that residents have access to safe, secure shelter during emergencies.

“Climate change is no longer a future danger - the effects are already happening. The science is crystal clear that to prevent further escalation of this crisis, we must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Nanaimo must ensure it is reducing emissions at the local level, such as by investing in building retrofits and transit. Canada’s current policies are consistent with 4 to 5 degrees of global warming. This is absolutely unacceptable. The City of Nanaimo must also stand alongside other local governments that are calling for decisive action from our provincial and federal governments.

“Finally, we must recognize our responsibility as representatives to ensure that this transition to a low-carbon future is done in a way that supports the health and wellbeing of all people. We must be resolute in transitioning off fossil fuels and ensuring that our citizens are taken care of in the process.”

 His full letter can be found here.

Greens having open air event on Saturday

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidate Paul Manly will host a community celebration on Saturday, April 20 in Nanaimo, 2-5 p.m. May and Manly, will be joined by other Green Party candidates at Muffeo Sutton Park (in case of rain, Beban Park Social Centre).

There will be live music and speeches.

Manly attacks People's Party's Bernier over immigration

0416 - Green Party Candidate Paul Manly has condemned People's Party leader Maxime Bernier’s immigration policies as xenophobic.

“The xenophobia and dog whistle politics touted by the People’s Party of Canada have no place in our community,” said Manly.

“Canada and Nanaimo-Ladysmith encourage cultural diversity and fair immigration policies. Maxime Bernier seeks to sully that reputation and stoke divisiveness in our country. He claims that support for refugees and immigration hurts our economy, despite evidence to the contrary.

“These inflammatory claims are not welcome here. They’re not who we are or who we want to become. All Canadian leaders have a responsibility to denounce xenophobia outright.

“As a Green Party MP, I will work to reduce red tape and racial profiling in the immigration process. I will also advocate for an increase of our foreign aid to .7% of GDP to help alleviate global poverty which in turn will help to reduce economic migration.

“The Green Party of Canada stands for fair, open immigration and improved international development and assistance. Immigration strengthens Canadian job markets and we have a duty to help refugees in these trying times, especially as the climate crisis displaces more and more people.

“As your MP in Ottawa, I will work to ensure that Canada and our communities will remain a place of welcome,” said Manly.

Greens not backing down on fossil fuel expansion

The Federal Liberal government, the BC NDP government and federal NDP cannot be serious about climate change and then support fracking and liquefied fracked gas exports, says Green Party candidate Paul Manly. 

It's estimated that the LNG Canada (5 multi-national corporations - not Canadian) plant and the necessary fracking will account for more than 10 per cent of BC greenhouse gas emissions. And then there are all of the fugitive methane leaks from fracking leaks and earthquakes. And the contamination of water and aquifers with fracking fluids. And the huge tax give-away that amounts to billions in government subsidies to foreign multi-national companies. Our children and grandchildren are being sold-out.

The Green Party has not backed down on its firm stance to not enable further expansion of the fossil fuel industry in Canada. 

Green Party supporters are a diverse collective of people and the one thing that truly brings us together is that we believe the Federal government should not sell-out the next generation when it comes to climate change.

Manly encouraged by response at public rallies

Paul Manly

0409 - 450 voters in Nanaimo-Ladysmith attended rallies and town halls with Green Party candidate Paul Manly and party leader Elizabeth May and  over the weekend at events in Saltair, Gabriola and Nanaimo.

Manly said he is encouraged by the turnouts.

“This weekend’s events were a great opportunity to talk to the people of Nanaimo-Ladysmith about their priorities. As the second Green MP in Parliament, I will push for bolder solutions to improve housing affordability and for a stronger response to the climate crisis. I will work hard to get government to look beyond the four-year election cycle. That’s the only way we can ensure a bright future for our children.”

Manly’s campaign estimates that over 90 people attended the event in Saltair, over 130 in Gabriola and over 230 in Nanaimo.

Elizabeth May added that the by-election is a chance for voters to vote freely for what they want, as the results will not change the government.

“This by-election is an exciting opportunity to vote based on your conscience,” May said.

“Electing another Green MP to join me in Ottawa will send a clear signal that Islanders want their government to take climate action more seriously. Paul was born on the Island and Nanaimo-Ladysmith is his home. He is deeply committed to delivering for his community and will be an incredible representative for his constituents.”

Produced by Paul Manly election campaign.

Paul Manly, Green Party of Canada candidate

Paul Manly

Paul Manly is a small business owner with extensive experience in the film and music industries. As an entrepreneur, he brought jobs to Nanaimo, contributing to the city’s burgeoning creative industry. He understands the needs and challenges of small businesses and is ready to  help them succeed.
Paul has a wide range of governance and community leadership experience. He sat on the board of the development company for Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community, a multi-million dollar housing project, and has served on the board of directors of Mid Island Coop for 11 years. For the past three years he ran employment skills training programs for youth with multiple barriers to employment and people with diverse abilities. He previously served as a director on the national board of the Council of Canadians representing the B.C. Yukon region.
After a lifetime working and living in Nanaimo and Ladysmith, Paul is excited to bring his skills and experience to work for his community in Ottawa. As the second Green MP in parliament, Paul will be a strong advocate for decisive climate action and champion a clean economy that will enable Nanaimo-Ladysmith to prosper for generations to come.

Manly and May campaigning in riding this week

Paul Manly

0401 - Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Nanaimo-Ladysmith Green Party candidate Paul Manly will hold street waves and town hall meetings with the residents of Saltair, Gabriola Island and Nanaimo April 2- 7. They are touring the riding to meet supporters and the public in the run-up to the federal by-election Monday, May 6.

Friday, April 5, 7:30-9:30pm - Town Hall Meeting  at Saltair Community Centre, 3850 South Oyster Road, Saltair

Saturday, April 6, 9-10am - Street wave on the bridge over the Millstone River, by Maffeo-Sutton Park.
Saturday, April 6, 10am-12noon - May and Manly will attend the Forest March B.C. rally at Maffeo-Sutton Park
Saturday, April 6, 2:30-4:30pm - Town Hall meeting at the Gabriola Island Community Hall, 2200 South Rd, Gabriola Island
Saturday, April 6, 7-9pm - Town Hall Meeting with Elizabeth May and Paul Manly, at Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo                                  

Contact -  Ilan Goldenblatt, 250 751-5313, e-mail

Elizabeth May to open Manly campaign office

Elizabeth May will be in Nanaimo for the official opening of the campaign office for Paul Manly, Green Party candidate for Nanaimo-Ladysmith Thursday.

Paul Manly Campaign Office, #2-1601 Bowen Road
Thursday, Mar. 28th, 2019, 7-8:30 pm
Contact: Ilan Goldenblatt, 250 751-5313, e-mail

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