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Green-Left Movement

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Green-Left Movement
Leader Yasmin Casimir
Founder Ed Richmond
Founded 22nd June 2004 (electoral alliance)
3rd May 2006 (political party)
Merger of Social Democratic Party of Rainier
Rainian Green Alliance
Headquarters 144th Street, Vancouver
British Columbia, Rainier
Student wing Student Greens
Youth wing Green Future
Ideology Green politics
Left-wing populism
Democratic socialism
Socialist feminism
Political position Left-wing
International affiliation Global Greens
Red-Green Alliance
Official colors              Green, purple, red
House of Councillors
7 / 133
House of Senators
3 / 77
American Parliament
1 / 14
The Green-Left Movement is an environmentalist socialist political party in Rainier. It is the fourth largest party in the House of Councillors with 7 seats and currently under a confidence and supply agreement with the incumbent Labour government.

The Green-Left Movement was founded as a merger of the Social Democratic Party of Rainier (SDPR) and Rainian Green Alliance (RGA) in 2006. The SDPR had been formed in 1990 as a split from the Labour Party due to the neoliberal policies of the government of Matthew Griffiths as a more left wing, democratic socialist alternative. The RGA was formed in 1985 as the political branch of the ecological movement that formed in Rainier in the late 1970's that focused more on green politics. The SDPR almost got the same percentage of votes in the 1995 election and during the 1990's looked set to overtake the Labour party as the second largest party in Rainier. The 1999 election saw a small recovery for Labour, resulting in the SDPR and RGA to discuss the possibility of running a joint list for the next elections. In the 2005 elections the parties ran as an electoral alliance, raising their share of the vote to become the third largest party and became the junior partners in the Labour-led coalition government of Diane Hall. In 2006 the parties agreed to merge into one party known as the Green-Left Movement. The Green-Left Movement continued to be a part of the Hall government after the 2008 economic crash approving of austerity policies, resulting in the party to drop from 15% to 4% of the vote in the 2009 general election.

Green-Left has struggled since to ascend beyond 5% of the vote despite proposing a more left-wing populist programme being the smallest party following the 2013 elections. Despite this they became the fourth largest party after the 2017 elections and have since provided supply to the Labour government of Alexander Llewellwyn.

The Green-Left Movement as a left wing party emphasises democratic socialist, green and feminist politics. Although originally supported by working class voters disillusioned with the neoliberal policies of Labour, its voter base has largely shifted to urban areas amongst young people and ethnic minorities, with its support from working class declining.






Election results

Legislative elections

General elections Percentage of votes (%) Votes cast Seating graph Seat change Presiding chair of the party Parliamentary position
2005 15.66% 1,606,982
41 / 252
19 Collective leadership Junior partner in
coalition government
2009 4.12% 451,077
11 / 266
29 Ed Richmond Opposition
2013 4.99% 566,834
13 / 266
2 Yasmin Casimir Opposition
2017 4.87% 607,514
14 / 266
1 Yasmin Casimir Confidence and Supply