Green Party of Quebec

The Green Party of Quebec (GPQ) (French: Parti vert du Québec; PVQ) is a Quebec political party whose platform is the promotion of Green politics. It has not won any seats in the National Assembly of Quebec. Its platform is oriented towards promotion of green values, sustainable development, and participatory democracy. The party differentiates itself from other political parties in Quebec by representing the left federalists of the province.

Green Party of Quebec

Parti vert du Québec
LeaderAlex Tyrrell[1]
Founded1984 and refoundation in 2001 (1984 and refoundation in 2001)
HeadquartersA-3729 rue Wellington Montreal, Quebec
Participatory democracy
Quebec federalism
Animal rights
Political positionLeft-wing
International affiliationGlobal Greens
Seats in the National Assembly
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Official website

The Green Party of Quebec is a coalition of activists and citizens for whom environmental questions are a priority. They believe that the government should help in creating a green, just, democratic and equal society.[2] Their main principles are inspired from the Global Greens Charter which revolves around six main ideas: ecological wisdom, social justice, participatory democracy, nonviolence, sustainability and respect for diversity.[3]

It received 1.69% of the popular vote in the 2018 Quebec election. The current leader is Alex Tyrrell. Nominated as party leader on 21 September 2013 and then aged 25, he became the youngest party leader of Quebec and Canada.[4]


First Green Party of Quebec (1985–1998)

A first version of the Green Party of Québec was founded in the 1980s and had candidates in the 1985, 1989 and 1994 Quebec general elections. The 1989 elections results were at the time the strongest showing for any Green Party in Canada. On average, candidates collected 5.55% of votes in contested seats.[5] Although the party had a small budget, it attempted to run a province-wide campaign with organizers from Montreal, Québec City and Sherbrooke, as well as some relatively independent local campaigns in rural ridings. Many meetings were held at Le Commensal restaurant in Montréal, a strong supporter. Attempts were made to involve the various environmental groups, but most shied away from officially supporting the PVQ in order to maintain political neutrality and protect financial interests. In the party structure of 1989, sovereignty and economical neutrality were promoted rather than left-wing policies, under the slogan of "not left or right but forward". This caused some strife within the party, as many members were more left-leaning.

The party disintegrated in 1994 due to its leader, Jean Ouimet, and many of his colleagues leaving for the Parti Québécois. Ouimet, a strong sovereigntist, maintained a party wholly independent of the federal Green Party during his leadership. Members of the Green Party of Canada formed an organization called the Green Party of Canada in Quebec, a predominantly anglophone entity that nominated federal candidates only. There was open antipathy between Ouimet and the GPCQ's leader, Rolf Bramann. (Neither was affiliated with Montreal's municipal Green Party of the time, Écologie-Montreal, led by Dmitri Roussopolis.) At the same time as the PVQ began to collapse due to Ouimet's departure, Rolf Bramann was removed from his position. This led to a precipitous decline in federal organization in the province contemporaneous with the collapse of the provincial Greens.

It lost its recognition as an official political party in 1998 when it ran no candidates in the 1998 Quebec general election. (Quebec law at the time required parties to run at least 20 candidates to maintain their official status. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled minimum candidate laws unconstitutional in 2003.)

Current Green Party of Quebec (2001–present)

The second (and current) version of the PVQ was founded in 2001 by members of the Green Party of Canada in Quebec after receiving more support in Quebec in the 2000 federal election than they had expected. The founding meeting, in the basement of the Montreal Biodome, was attended by about 20 people, and it contested the 2003 provincial election with few candidates and almost no money.

In 2002, three leftist political parties (Rassemblement pour l'alternative progressiste, Parti de la démocratie socialiste and Parti Communiste du Québec) merged to form the Union des forces progressistes. The PVQ pledged to try to avoid running candidates in ridings where there was a UFP candidate, although it reserved the right to run anywhere it wanted to (even ridings with a UFP candidate), and did not merge with the UFP. In May 2006, the Party pledged to stay independent after several appeals to join Québec solidaire, the UFP's successor.

Scott McKay was elected as party leader in 2006. The party had its most successful showing ever in the 2007 general election, placing fourth with just under four per cent of the popular vote. Unlike the previous version of the party, the new version did not adopt a position on whether Quebec should become sovereign. As a result, it was most competitive in western Montreal where there was a drop in Liberal Party support but little enthusiasm for sovereigntist alternatives such as the Parti Québécois. The Green Party placed second or third in the popular vote in some western Montreal ridings.

In 2008, the PVQ held a leadership review, during which Guy Rainville defeated Scott McKay. McKay then joined the Parti Québécois and was elected as an MNA in the 2008 election, while the Green Party itself fell to two per cent of the popular vote, fifth place among political parties and the only one of the top five parties not to win a seat in the National Assembly. On 10 September 2010, Rainville announced that he would not seek another two-year term as leader.[6] Claude Sabourin narrowly defeated party president Paul-André Martineau for the position.[7] Martineau had been president of the Green Party since 2006, except for a brief period in 2008. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Montreal (1985) and a bachelor's degree in business administration from HEC Montréal (2001). At the time of the leadership contest, he was working in information technology and pursuing a specialized graduate degree in environment and sustainable development from the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has not run for federal or provincial office.[8][9]

In April 2012, the leader Claude Sabourin went to a meeting in La Pinière riding, where he recruited four future candidates, two of which – Alex Tyrrell[10] & Marc André Beauchemin[11] – would later run for the leadership of the party.[12][13] Overall the party lost over half its support from the previous election, obtaining 1% of the overall popular vote and running candidates in only 66 of Quebec's 125 ridings during the September 4, 2012 election. Sabourin finished fifth in NDG riding with 1,531 votes and 5.77% of the vote. Alex Tyrrell finished third in Jacques Cartier with 1,522 votes and 4.54% of the vote.

Claude Sabourin resigned as party leader on Sunday, 24 February 2013 at the Green Party of Quebec convention held that weekend in Montreal.[14] Jean Cloutier was elected interim leader that same day.[15]

On 21 September 2013, Alex Tyrrell was elected leader of the PVQ defeating other leadership candidates Patricia Domingos, Marc-André Beauchemin and Pierre-Étienne Loignon.[16] Another candidate Lisa Julie Cahn[17] had withdrawn earlier in the race. At the age of 25 years Mr. Tyrrell became the youngest current party leader in Quebec politics.[18]

The Parti vert du Québec intended to diversify its policies in view of the 2014 general elections, in order to increase its support. Tyrrell explained that the PVQ would be an eco-socialist group. Thus, the environment would remain its priority but the party would also defend a public health system and would propose among other things a universal program of dental care for all Quebecers. It is also in favour of free public transport.[19]



List of Quebec Green Party Leaders
Leader Mandate
Yves Blanchette (interim) 1987–1989
Jean Ouimet 1989–1993
Marian Lé Grant 1993–1994
Éric Ferland 1994–1996
Saloua Laridhi 1996–1998
The party was dissolved 1998–2001
Richard Savignac 2001–2006
Scott McKay 2006–2008
Guy Rainville 2008–2010
Claude Sabourin 2010–2013
Alex Tyrrell since 2013

Visual identity

Results summaries

Election results of the Green Party of Quebec[20]
Election Leader Slogan[21] Candidates /
in election
Seat Vote %
1985 10 / 122 0 4,613 0.14
1989 Jean Ouimet Progress, yes, but not at any price! 46 / 125 0 67,675 1.99
1994 Éric Ferland 11 / 125 0 5,499 0.14
2003 Richard Savignac For us and for our children 37 / 125 0 16,975 0.44
2007 Scott McKay I vote 108 / 125 0 152,885 3.85
2008 Guy Rainville Let's vote for the future 80 / 125 0 70,393 2.17
2012 Claude Sabourin Give yourself a voice 66 / 125 0 43,394 0.99
2014 Alex Tyrrell The eco-socialist option for Quebec! 44 / 125 0 23,163 0.55
2018 Alex Tyrrell More than just a color 97 / 125 0 67,870 1.69


Since the nomination of Alex Tyrrell as head of the Quebec Green Party in September 2013, the GPQ has participated in several by-elections. The results show an increase in the party's popularity after the 2014 elections. In fact, in eight of the nine ridings in which the DMP participates in by-elections from 2015, the results obtained are greater than 2%. After the 0.55% of the votes cast in the 2014 general election, this is a rise for the party, which even reaches up to 3.5 and 4% in certain constituencies. Presenting their leader, Alex Tyrrell, as a candidate in a majority of these partials, especially in the region, the Greens are trying to make known their leader, still unknown to the general public and develop the party in areas where it is less active or inactive.

Results of the Parti vert du Québec in by-elections since 2013[22]
Year District Candidate Results (%)
2013 Outremont Alex Tyrrell 3.79
Viau Morgan Crockett 1,67
2014 Lévis Alex Tyrrell 1.10
2015 Richelieu Vincent Pouliot 1.74
Jean-Talon Elodie Boisjoly-Dubreuil 2.40
Fabre Kim Raymond 3.67
Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne Jiab Zuo 3.54
2016 Chicoutimi Alex Tyrrell 2.47
Arthabaska Alex Tyrrell 2.11
Marie-Victorin Vincent J. Carbonneau 2.62
Saint-Jérôme Émilianne Lépine 2.06
Verdun David Cox 4.28
2017 Gouin Alex Tyrrell 4.57
Louis-Hébert Alex Tyrrell 2.07
2018 Roberval Alex Tyrrell 0.52

See also


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