Zimmermann wins Green nomination 

Party preparing for another federal election

Silvaine Zimmermann, the Green Party candidate in the 2006 election has been re-endorsed as the candidate for the West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country riding.

On March 15 th Green Party members chose Zimmermann over Michael Maser, an award-winning educator and renewable energy specialist. The nomination contest was held at the West Vancouver Seniors Centre.

“Most voters realize that the parties occupying seats in the House of Commons to date have been less than committed to environmental stewardship,” said Zimmermann. “Few are fooled by the sudden jump onto the environmental bandwagon. The only way to make Ottawa change is to keep up the pressure, and to elect truly committed Green MPs.”

Zimmermann, the Green Party candidate in West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country in the January 2006 election, finished a distant fourth. Liberal Blair Wilson received 23,867 votes while Conservative John Weston finished second with 22,881. The NDP’s Judith Wilson garnered 12,766 votes while Zimmermann received 3,996 votes.

“I think of the impending election as the real green Olympics, with our Green team ready to take off the moment the writ is dropped!” Zimmermann said. “Thanks to Al Gore, Elizabeth May and 20 years of effort by Greens around the globe; the global climate crisis and the wish to do something meaningful about it has become the number one issue for Canadians. We will do everything humanly possible to translate this into Green votes.”

Zimmermann has been an executive assistant at a tutoring company and the owner and operator of a bed and breakfast on Bowen Island. She has two children, speaks four languages, and has a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and a Masters in Science in Oceanography. She was born in Germany, grew up in Quebec, and has lived in Europe, Latin America, and the high Arctic.

"Our popularity was strong in certain parts of the riding where we won almost 20 per cent of the votes in 2006," said electoral district CEO Shawn Precious. "With a new team in place in West Vancouver, specifically, we expect much stronger results during the next election."

Green Party leader Elizabeth May has been hosting policy forums across the country as the party refines its membership-defined policies in anticipation of the next federal election.

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