Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers to them), by topic:
Green Party Policy and Platform
Q: Where can I find the Green Party policy (position) on __________(e.g., housing)?
A: Please refer to the 2015 Platform Summary of the Green Party of Canada. (The 2019 Platform is currently being developed and will be made available online when completed.) You may also find answers in Vision Green, which describes the origins and principles of Green politics in Canada. If you have a specific question, send an email to: email@example.com or call Elizabeth May's Constituency Office at 250-657-2000.
Q: Can Elizabeth May help me with __________(e.g., a problem with a government office)?
A: Call or visit Elizabeth May's Constituency Office. (During the election - after the writ is dropped - the Constituency Office may be closed due to Elections Canada rules.)
Constituency Office Of Elizabeth May,
Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands
1-9711 Fourth St
Sidney, BC V8L 2Y8
Phone: 250-657-2000 or 1-800-667-9188
Q: Where do I send an article or some other information that I wish to share with Elizabeth May (or the Green Party)?
A: Please forward it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to Elizabeth’s many campaign activities, she may not be able to respond to you personally.
Q: What are the dates of any upcoming All Candidates Meetings?
A: Please refer to our Green Community Calendar. (Meetings will be posted when dates are available.)
Q: What is the location of your (Elizabeth May's) Campaign Office?
A: We have three (3) campaign office locations:
Saanich: (shared with the Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke electoral district association):
Salt Spring Island:
Q: What kinds of volunteering activities are available? (I want to volunteer, but I’m not sure how I can help.)
A: Thank you! There is much to do, and all help is appreciated. Go to https://www.sgigreenparty.ca/volunteer for a brief description of activities and an online form to sign up. After you sign up, someone will contact you and help you get started with other volunteers. (Meeting and working with others makes volunteering so rewarding and fun.)
Q: What is the maximum that I can donate to the Saanich-Gulf Islands Greens (the electoral district association)?
A: $1600. Go to https://www.sgigreenparty.ca/donate to donate online.
Elections Canada limits the total of all contributions (donations, loans and loan guarantees) to all registered associations, nomination contestants and candidates of each registered party to $1600 in 2019 (increasing by $25 annually).
This means that monthly donations are limited to $133.33 (we round it to $130) for each of 12 months. If you start donating in May, you could donate up to $200/month for 8 months, and would need to adjust the amount in the following year.
If you have already donated $1200 or $100/month to the SGI Greens, then the maximum you could contribute to the Green Party candidates for Victoria (Racelle Kooy) and Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke (David Merner) would be $200 each.
Q: What is the maximum that I can donate to the Green Party of Canada (GPC)?
A: $1600. Go to https://www.greenparty.ca to donate online.
Elections Canada limits donations to each registered party to $1600 in 2019 (increasing by $25 annually).
This limit for the national party is in addition to the limit for the local electoral district association or candidate. For example, at maximum you could donate $1600 to the GPC and also donate $1600 to the SGI Greens (EDA).
Q: How is my donation money used?
A: Donations to SGI Greens are used for election campaign expenses (e.g., renting and furnishing campaign offices, printing pamphlets, and campaign signs), and renting halls for special events both during and after election campaigns. SGI Greens sometimes hire contractors for specific tasks, such as professional help with communications. Donations to the Green Party of Canada are similarly used for campaign expenses, as well as staffing the national party office.
Q: Do I get a tax refund for my donation?
A: Federal political contributions are eligible for a substantial income tax credit. (Provincial political contributions are, too, and are calculated separately.) The amount of the tax credit (what you get back on your tax return the following year) is calculated as: 75% of your first $400 of donation, 50% of any amount between $400 and $750, and 33.33% of amounts over $750, to a maximum credit of $650 (for a donation of $1275 or more). This means that a $400 donation costs you only $100; a donation of $600 costs you only $200; a donation of $1600 costs you $950; and a donation of $3200 ($1600 maximum to both GPC and SGI EDA) costs you $2550.
Q: When will I get my official tax receipt?
A: Tax receipts are mailed out in February of the year following the year that donations were made.
Q: Can I make a monthly donation by debiting my bank account?
A: No, unfortunately we are not able to offer this service at this time for new donations.
Q: How do I update my credit card expiry date or use a different credit card for my monthly donation?
A: Please call the Saanich-Gulf Islands Green Party at 778-351-3335 and we will set up a new donation with your new card information.
Q: How do I cancel my automatic monthly credit card donation?
A: Please call the Saanich-Gulf Islands Green Party at 778-351-3335 and we will cancel the donation for you. (If your credit card has expired or been cancelled, there is no need to call us, as your donations will automatically be cancelled by your credit card company.)
Q: How do I become a member of the SGI Greens?
A: You need to 1) be a member of the Green Party of Canada (GPC) and, 2) live within the boundaries of the Saanich-Gulf Islands Electoral District (SGI ED).
There is no fee for membership. A nominal donation (eligible for an income tax credit) is required when you sign up to become a member. Signing up for a monthly donation with your membership is the most effective way to support the GPC. Alternatively you can sign up for a one-year membership with a donation of $10 or more, or a three-year membership with a donation of $25 or more.
Your donation can be directed to the national office by signing up here or to the local Saanich-Gulf Islands Electoral District Association (SGI EDA) by signing up here (which we SGI Greens would appreciate!). Either way, you become a member of the national GPC.
Provided you live in the SGI ED, you automatically become a member of the SGI EDA when you join the GPC.
After signing up for membership, be sure to also register a user account on the GPC website (with your own username and password) to get access to members-only pages.
Q: How can I check if I'm a member or when my membership expires?
A: Log in to your user account on the GPC website. (If you can't remember your password, you can request a new password.)
Q: What are the advantages of membership?
A: Green Party membership gives you more than a warm feeling inside:
Participate in the SGI EDA and help to choose your next Green Party candidate to become a Member of Parliament
(we hope that Elizabeth never retires, but eventually she May)
Influence Green Party policy development at national and local levels
Vote in Green Party elections at national and local levels
Keep up to date with Green Party activities at both national and local levels
Get access to member-only pages on the GPC website