NS Green Party Shuts Down

15 06 2016

Nova Scotia’s Green Party folds because of inactive membership

N.S. Green Party leader Brynn Nheiley was the party's last leader.

N.S. Green Party leader Brynn Nheiley was the party’s last leader. (Twitter @Urban_Leaves)

The Green Party of Nova Scotia has shut down, blaming an inactive membership and no leadership candidates for its end.

Brynn Nheiley, who was the party’s interim leader and who ran in the 2015 federal election, announced the decision on the party’s website. She said a political party “cannot exist without an active membership.”

“This is something that we have continuously expressed, particularly over the last eight months. But we cannot force people to engage. Nor can we continue to operate without the active engagement of our members,” she wrote Tuesday evening.

“It’s a sad day for the executive, as we announce to you that, with no one having stayed the course, or stepped forward for the leadership of the party, we are no longer able to function.”

Nheiley said the executive had built the party up to the point where it once had a paid leadership. But support fell away.

She said if someone wants to start a new Green Party in the province, the old one would help them.

Nheiley placed the blame at her own feet as leader.

“While several people have come forward to aid the party, I was not able [to] successfully harness this new energy and these new ideas, nor did I effectively reach out and communicate with those who have always supported the ideals of our party. I’m sorry for not showing the best of what we are,” she wrote.

She said they hope to repay those who have paid their 2016 membership dues.

The Green Party website shows a number of vacancies. (Greenparty.ns.ca/)
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