Green Party Candidate Dave Nickarz encouraged by the Wolseley vote

David NickarzDespite losing to incumbent Rob Altemeyer, Wolseley Green candidate David Nickarz said he feels optimistic about the progress the Green Party has made and its prospects to the future.

“I wish to congratulate Rob Altemeyer for his re-election,” Nickarz said. “I also wish to extend my congratulations to all of the candidates who stood for election in the Wolseley riding.”

“I’m encouraged because we have doubled our vote and made it clear that the Green Party has broad support in Wolseley,” Nickarz said.

Nickarz said that the Green Party made significant gains in the 2016 campaign. In 2011, James Beddome placed second in the riding, capturing about 19.5 per cent of the popular vote. In 2016, David Nickarz doubled the number of Green voters, winning about  36 per cent of the popular vote.

“With growth like this, it’s clear the Green Party has a bright future in Wolseley. We intend to build on this progress and mobilize the citizens of Wolseley around such important issues as eliminating poverty, protecting the environment and responding to climate change.”

Nickarz said that Greens will work constructively with all political parties. “While we will not have anyone in the Legislature this time around, we will both invite and challenge those parties that do have members to work with us on such issues as poverty and climate change,” Nickarz said.

Nickarz concluded by thanking his family,  his election team and the voters of Wolseley. “We knocked on thousands of doors over the past several months,” Nickarz said. “Its hard work but it’s rewarding;  words alone cannot express the gratitude I feel towards my family, my election team, and the voters who chose to place their trust in me.”

Wolseley NDP campaign misleads tenants about Green Party Guaranteed Annual Income policy

Misleading NDP LeafletWinnipeg, April 3, 2016 – An NDP election campaign leaflet being distributed in apartment blocks in Wolseley contains seriously misleading statements about Green Party of Manitoba policy, said David Nickarz, Green candidate.

“The NDP says the Green Party will cancel poverty reduction programs. What the NDP neglects to say is that a Green government would replace the NDP’s patchwork of poverty reduction tax credits and programs with a Guaranteed Annual Income program that would cut poverty in Manitoba by almost half in the first year,” Nickarz said.

“With our program, which we announced March 16th, the incomes of Manitobans living below the low-income cut-off would rise by 22 per cent on average,” Nickarz said. “Within the space of a year, the Green Guaranteed Annual Income would reverse the rising tide of poverty that an NDP government has been unable and unwilling to address during 17 years.”

“Our program is fully costed and clearly explained. There is absolutely no excuse for the NDP to mislead and scare voters, many of whom are not even eligible for tax credits as they do not have incomes high enough to access tax credits,” said Nickarz. “The NDP’s decision to use misleading statistics in their leaflet is disappointing. I look forward to discussing this and other issues in the debate that is scheduled for April 7th at the Orioles Community Club.”

Links to background documents:

1. Guaranteed Annual Income Backgrounder: https://davidnickarz.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/gai-background-2016-04-03.pdf

2. Misleading Wolseley NDP Campaign Leaflet: https://davidnickarz.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/misleading-ndp-leaflet.png

One Green MLA can make a huge difference

Dave Nickarz and the Green Party have lots of supporters in Wolseley. The Greens have placed a strong second place in the last three provincial elections and that support is growing. Still, the one thing that prevents some Wolseley folk from voting Green is the fear that one Green voice would be ineffective in the Legislature.

In this video, Peter Bevan-Baker, the lone Green in the PEI Legislature, tells us how powerful that one Green voice can be.

Green Party would stop the Energy East pipeline and help Manitoba families save on their energy bills

David NickarzWinnipeg, March 23, 2016 – Green Party of Manitoba Energy advocate for Conservation and Water Stewardship, David Nickarz, says that a Green government would reject all projects associated with construction of the proposed Energy East pipeline.

The Green Party of Manitoba (GPM) thinks that Manitoba Hydro would help Manitobans more by investing in energy retrofitting and development of solar production, rather than quietly preparing to sell hydroelectric power to the Energy East pipeline,” Nickarz said.

Nickarz, who is the GPM candidate in Wolseley, said that Manitoba Hydro should be doing much more to assist landlords in his constituency to retrofit their buildings, and add solar, so that tenants could have lower energy bills and thus more money to spend on food and clothing.

“Part of our plan to reduce poverty in Manitoba”, stated Nickarz, “is to help low income families to spend less on energy. In contrast, the Manitoba government seems focused on wasting Manitoba Hydro resources to expand the export of Alberta tar sands production.”

Up to half of the output of Manitoba Hydro’s new Keeask Generating Station is dedicated to powering the pumping stations needed to operate Energy East in Manitoba. “This government has consistently failed to meet its own carbon-reduction targets. Plans to use Manitoba Hydro to power a project that will vastly increase greenhouse gas emissions will make it impossible for Manitoba to play its part in meeting the targets agreed to by Prime Minister Trudeau in Paris,” Nickarz said.

Nickarz said the Energy East pipeline will pose a serious threat to the water supplies of several Manitoba communities, including Winnipeg’s. “This pipeline is old, prone to leak and designed for moving natural gas. The diluted bitumen that Energy East will transport is toxic, corrosive and volatile. Any party that would allow this cannot be trusted to protect Manitobans. Sadly, neither the NDP, the Liberals nor the PCs are willing to reject this pipeline,” Nickarz said.

The race is on!

March 16, 2016 – With the Manitoba Provincial Election now officially underway, Dave Nickarz is calling on the citizens of Wolseley to join his campaign.