Podcast of Elizabeth's speech on fiscal responsibility and the New Economy:
When Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada, visits Edmonton, as she does more often than most party leaders, I usually have the very great privilege of organizing her events and rallies.
We got the call in this election to pull it off on fairly short notice, election timing being what it is, so we pulled some ideas out of our previously brainstormed grab bag to make it show-stopper! It's already Earth Week, and to help encourage those green-minded folks who might want to check out a party rather than just a political rally, as well as to reach out to our younger population, we whipped up the EcoBall!
We rented the Avenue Theatre on 118th ave in my riding. It's the first time we used it, and it's a great little space, by the way. Very reasonable for the capacity and facilities it provides, and the staff were more than helpful... For refreshments, we brought in fair trade coffee, tea, and organic juice.
When we looked into food, however, it turned out that even the most inexpensive vegan caterer would cost more than the rest of the event put together! Georges Laraque, our Deputy Leader and NHL sports star, is vegan and very publicy so. In order to promote vegan menus and encourage creativity, we came up with a vegan potluck. The door price was reduced to a pittance to those who brought a vegan dish for 10 people, and we had so many people taking advantage of our offer that two tables with filled with fantastic contributions. Some even brought warming dishes to keep their creations toasty!
|Setting up at the start of the evening|
|Christie in Green: the Creatrix and heart of Garbaganza - EcoCouture from dumpster diving!|
|Mother Earth from Garbaganza - Made from Astroturf!|
|More Garbaganza originals!|
|The Leader of the Pirate Party of Canada won our costume contest!|
|Local hot C&W band the Backstreet Affair.|
|Local busking celebrity piper, personal friend and Green Party supporter Glenn Eilers pitched in, too.|
We had a few ecovendors for interest.
|My booth - just to keep my hats straight, my apprentice got to keep all she made..|
|Elizabeth, Georges, me (in the garb) and some of the Green Party candidates|
All in all, it was such a successful event that we are already thinking about next year! Hundreds of people showed up, about 1/4 of them youth - there was fabulous food, great music, fun outfits, and much networking. I'm thrilled that it was so well-received and so well-attended. Thanks so much to all our wonderful volunteers! We couldn't have done it without you. I'd also like to thank all the press for their professionalism and attendance, the techs for their hard work, and most especially Elizabeth and Georges for making this event one of the highlights of the election and Earth Week in Edmonton!