Dimitri Lascaris, candidate for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada, made a stop in Red Deer this past Tuesday. Contributed photo

Green Party of Canada leadership candidate visits Red Deer

A man vying to be the leader of the Green Party of Canada made a stop in Red Deer earlier this week.

Dimitri Lascaris visited Red Deer and Edmonton on Tuesday and Calgary on Monday to meet with Albertans “who are worried about the economic impact of the transition away from fossil fuels,” a statement said.

Lascaris said these concerns are understandable, since our economic system sets employment against care for the environment.

He aims to address Albertans’ concerns in his workers’ rights platform with policies such as a five-year job guarantee for workers displaced by the end of fossil fuel extraction and a reclamation fund to be paid for by oil tax revenues, which would provide billions of dollars in post-fossil mitigation employment for displaced workers.

“It is time to move beyond capitalism to a solidarity economy: an economy committed to participatory democracy, feminism, anti-racism, with progressive foreign policy and ecological wisdom,” said Lascaris.

“I call for an economic transformation that transcends all forms of oppression, including class oppression, and much more.”

The leader of the Green Party of Alberta Jordan Wilkie was there for the Edmonton event and Deputy Leader of the Alberta Green Party Ev Tanaka was at the Calgary event.

All events were held outdoors in public spaces and followed COVID-19 protocol – physical distancing and masking were in effect.

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