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Green Party Leader endorses Patrick Larkin

On a VIA Rail whistle stop tour between Toronto and Montreal, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May stopped in Belleville early this morning to greet Greens and officially endorse Prince Edward Hastings candidate Patrick Larkin.
“Pat Larkin is great choice for the voters of Prince Edward-Hastings. I’m proud to endorse him,” May said. “The best message you can send in Belleville is to vote for Patrick Larkin who has the committment for real democracy where every voice is heard. And where the committment for the future is for our children and our grandchildren, not for our bankers and our corporations.”
She boarded a VIA train at Union Station in Toronto at 6:45 a.m. and planned to make stops at eight stations before arriving in Montreal around noon.
“This is a tour to get Canadians engaged and the country engaged in their election,” she said.
The Green Party of Canada is fielding 308 candidates. May says that “gives  all Canadians an opportunity to vote for a real alternative to the politics of division practiced by the other parties.

“We don’t split the vote, we attract new voters and those who have stayed away from polls,” she said. “We are forging a coalition of the unwilling – unwilling to accept bickering and name calling as the only option.”
The Green Party received about one million votes in the 2008 election, representing seven per cent of total ballots cast.
Patrick Larkin was the founder of Debug Computers, one of the first rural internet service providers in Prince Edward County. He has been a leader in community arts, serving as Chair of the Prince Edward Arts  Council, co-founder of the Prince Edward Jazz Festival and director/actor with the Prince Edward Community Theatre. He lives in Milford with his two children.

“I’ve always voted for the candidate who best represented my hopes and dreams for Canada. If I lived in Prince Edward-Hastings I would cast my ballot for Patrick Larkin,” said May.

Farley Mowat, one of Canada’s most widely-read authors, met with Greens – including Prince Edward Hastings candidate Patrick Larkin – at Elizabeth May’s whistle stop in Belleville Friday morning. Mowat, on the Green Party web site, states the party is “the only political entity demonstrating a real and potential effective concern for the planet and its myriad inhabitants.”

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