Audio: Bill Green to represent Greens in Kootenay–Columbia in federal election

Our interview with Bill Green, the Kootenay-Columbia Green Party candidate in the upcoming federal election.

Bill Green is the Green Party of Canada candidate in the federal riding of Kootenay–Columbia. Photo: contributed

Bill Green is taking his second run as the Green Party of Canada candidate in the federal riding of Kootenay–Columbia.

Green, a biologist based in Kimberley, placed third with just under six-per-cent of the vote in the 2011 election.

He hopes the riding boundary realignment in Kootenay–Columbia will improve his chances this election. The West Kootenay communities of Nelson, Salmo, Kaslo, and rural areas around them, were added to the riding in 2012 after a federal boundary commission review. The West Kootenay communities have a strong Green base and organization.

“Many elements of a green economy are already thriving in our region in terms of forest management, reforestation, mining and mining reclamation and environmental management,” Green said in a statement in early March announcing his candidacy. Green said building a green economy in the region is his plan.

The 62-year-old is a biologist who works for the Canadian Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission, an organization involved in First Nations fisheries issues, including a long-term lobby to bring salmon back to the Columbia River.

“I’ve always been drawn to water, fish and aquatic systems, both for recreation and work. I have worked passionately to protect and care for aquatic ecosystems since the mid-1970s,” Green said.

Green said he’ll focus on the following six principles during his campaign. They are: “reforming our democracy, developing a green economy, reconciling with First Nations, replacing aging infrastructure with sustainable green infrastructure, reducing carbon emissions, and promoting Canada as a force for peace in the world.”

The Revelstoke Mountaineer’s Aaron Orlando interviewed Bill Green about his candidacy. Green focused on democratic reform, the green economy, infrastructure issues, the need to reform federal politics, and he also mentioned a plan to invest in rail in the region.
Here is our Mar. 25 interview: