BERWICK — Add co-deputy leader to Tom Manley’s credentials in the Green Party of Canada.
Party leader Jim Harris appointed his former leadership rival to one of three co-deputy leader positions last month. The Berwick-based Homestead Organics proprietor joined fellow co-deputy leaders Lynette Tremblay of Quebec and Andrew Lewis of B.C.
Serving as the party’s Agriculture Advocate since March 2003, Manley was one of the top Green vote getters in the 2004 federal election last spring. But after failing to win the seat in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, he then made an unsuccessful bid to unseat Harris as leader last summer, finishing second in that race.
Well known within environmentally friendly farming circles, he’s a former chair of the Ottawa chapter of Canadian Organic Growers and an active member of both the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and the National Farmers Union.
"The Green Party is growing and will continue to evolve thanks to members like Tom Manley. We’re counting on Tom to help advance the party in Ottawa and the Gatineau area, while ensuring that the party has a voice on Parliament Hill," said Harris in a press release.
"2004 was dominated by the suspense of a new minority government. The novelty has worn off. In 2005, the real issues of sustainability will occupy the minds of the public," said Manley, who predicted, "Green Party issues will take priority, including dwindling and expensive energy sources, moving beyond the Kyoto Protocol and the rising costs of a corrective sick-care system."