An Amazing Experience

What an incredibly busy nine months it has been. Running as a candidate for the Green Party of Canada has been an amazing experience. This Monday night, will feel like we are finally birthing this baby. Here is a collection of just some of the many images that capture the evolution of this campaign and all the wonderful people and experiences I have had along the way. I love my community. Thank you to everyone for sharing in this journey with me and for all the support I have received. I’m beyond grateful. Regardless of the outcome, the conversation has finally begun about things that truly matter.... read more

Improving Transit Will Be Top Priority

Frances Litman vowed to work towards integrated and affordable transit for the region today, amid considerations of possible higher transit fares for youth and seniors by BC Transit.

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Twitter Tops Debate Talk

Canadian political history was made with technology Thursday night. Great to have Elizabeth May in the national leader’s debate with an innovative live Twitter feed despite being excluded by the big boys. A full house filled Metropolitan United and the energy was high especially when Elizabeth May took the... read more

Green Party Job Creation Plan

Thrilled to take part in the Green Party’s Job Creation Plan launch with Elizabeth May and JoAnn Roberts to announce our support of Canada’s renewable energy sector and trades’ training programs that will stimulate sustainable economic growth and provide needed infrastructure.

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Green Party’s Fully Costed 2015 Election Platform

Our platform shows that the Green Party is the party of big ideas: the party that will ensure the 21st century is successful for all Canadian families. A Green caucus will work collaboratively to ensure that our ideas are put into practice for the benefit of our children and our grandchildren. Green MPs will make this plan a reality and champion their community’s values in Ottawa.

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Green Party’s National Seniors Strategy

Seniors are a growing segment of our society and today the Green Party of Canada released its Seniors Strategy to provide better care and support services. “Our plan includes home care, pharmacare and a guaranteed livable income to ensure that our aging population is cared and provided for,” said Frances Litman, Green Party candidate for Esquimalt-Saanich Sooke.

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Canada Post is a Vital Service for Canadians

Canada Post is a vital service for Canadians that connects us from coast to coast to coast and encourages small business growth, which is reliant on its distribution networks and low postage rates. Thousands of Canadians – including seniors with mobility issues and Canadians living with disabilities – worry that Stephen Harper’s elimination of home delivery will disproportionately affect them

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Frances Litman on Housing

Housing for all Canadians is the theme of the Green Party of Canada’s National Housing Strategy, released today, said candidate Frances Litman, Green Party candidate for Esquimalt-Saanich Sooke. “We want every Canadian to have a home.”

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Standing For Our Coast

Thanks to the media for coverage of the Green Party of Canada tanker and pipeline announcement at Clover Point this past Tuesday. The Green Party is the only party clear on the position that we must protect our coasts, our sovereignty and economy from risky tanker and pipeline schemes and transition to renewable energy. The benefits far outweigh the costs with 10x the potential job... read more

Caring For Our Veterans – Statement

The Green Party of Canada released its election platform on Caring for our Veterans today. The well-being of our veterans is an issue of special concern to citizens in the riding of Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. Many of this region’s residents are in the military, or have family and friends who are current or former personnel.

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Media release – Frances Litman comments on Macleans debate

[News Release] Debate Shows Green Party’s Strength — Frances Litman August 6, 2015 Saanich, B.C. – The first national debate of the federal election shows the strength of national party leader Elizabeth May’s abilities measured against the other party leaders. “She showed clearly how a strong team of Green MPs will ask the hard questions and demand government accountability,” said Frances Litman, Green Party of Canada candidate for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. “Elizabeth once again demonstrated to Canadians that the Green Party is more than a single issue party. It’s truly a national party.” May focused on the need for re-investment in Canada’s economy and its infrastructure, noting a clean energy sector creates seven times the number of jobs than the fossil fuel industry – jobs that are local and sustainable. She brought reason and intelligence to the debate, reminding listeners of the challenges of a loss of democracy, threats to our international reputation and too much heckling in Parliament, saying “We can disagree without being disagreeable.” Litman criticized other debate organizers for not inviting May to leaders’ debates planned for September and October. “Canadians will miss out because Elizabeth has not been included in the Globe and Mail and Munk Debates,” she said. “She clearly raises the tone of the conversation with her in-depth knowledge of topics we all care about.” The Green Party has been a force in Canadian politics for three decades, Litman said, demonstrating staying power and growth in support from election to election. “Elizabeth May deserves to be at the table for all the national debates,” she said. “Canadians should have the opportunity to hear from all... read more

Statement – Frances Litman on the Election Call

SAANICH, BC The federal election call was welcomed by Frances Litman, Green Party candidate for the new riding of Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, which will be electing its first Member of Parliament. “I see accountability, efficiency and good governance as vital to serving the real needs of real people. I am excited and proud to be the Green Party of Canada candidate for this new riding.” Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s leadership and her 2011 election breakthrough in Saanich-Gulf Islands mean Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke is winnable too, Litman said. “We’ve been canvassing and door-knocking for several months and voters here are looking for an MP who will be their local champion.” Litman said her local campaign is committed to renewing prosperity for all residents, restoring Canadian democracy and defending our coastlines. A longtime Esquimalt resident and successful business owner, Litman also founded and managed the Creatively United for the Planet Earth Week festival that has attracted more than 10,000 people since 2012. She is the Green Party’s Transportation Critic and will use her influence to push for clean, innovative technologies. Litman also highlighted the party’s National Pharmacare Plan that will save Canadians up to $11 billion annually. “This is yet another example of how the Green Party is focused on practical, affordable approaches that improve quality of life.” She grew up in Saanich, Esquimalt and Campbell River and graduated from Reynolds Secondary School. With her strong support for community causes, she has volunteered thousands of hours locally, managing large volunteer teams and complex... read more

Statement – Frances Litman on Pharmacare Plan

For immediate release July 29, 2015 Saanich, B.C. – Frances Litman, Green Party of Canada candidate for the riding of Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, joined Elizabeth May and local Vancouver Island candidates yesterday to announce the launch of the fourth plank of the Green Party election platform – affordable access to medicine. “The National Pharmacare Plan will help Canadians stay healthy while saving up to $11 billion annually,” said Litman. “This is yet another example of how the Green Party is focused on practical, affordable approaches that improve quality of life.” “Last night’s town hall meeting with myself and Elizabeth May was packed. We heard from many local residents dealing with health challenges that the Green Party approach would address, from inability to pay for necessary medicines, to over-prescribing because we lack an electronic system that alerts doctors to the variety of medicines a patient may already be taking.” Canada is the only country with “free” national health care but no universal access to medicine. The National Pharmacare Program expands and coordinates the patchwork of private and public plans that currently provide drug insurance. As well, it promotes the bulk buying of generic drugs to ensure that we take advantage of best pricing. One in ten Canadians can’t afford the medicines their doctors prescribe, and Canadians are four times more likely not to fill prescriptions if they have to pay out of pocket. “As a self-employed small business owner, I am one of many in this country who do not have a drug plan provided by an employer,” said Litman. “I understand only too well how these expenses can be challenging.” The... read more

FairVote Canada Pledge

Signing the Fair Vote Canada pledge for a fair voting system with representatives Wendy Bergerud and Kym Thrift. The Green Party platform for good governance includes Proportional Representation and can be seen on the Green Party of Canada – Parti vert du Canada website under Vision Green starting on page... read more

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