MTL Blog got the opportunity to speak with the deputy leader of Canada's Green party, Daniel Green, about what the future holds for Canada's most eco-conscious party!\nSince former party leader, Elizabeth May, resigned shortly after the election, the party is in search of a new leader, who may just need to be a younger face in order to be more relatable to their many millennial voters.\nRead the interview with Green below!\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nAfter Elizabeth May stepped down as leader of Canada's Green Party two weeks after the election, critics were quick to say that her resignation was a long time coming. Now, the party is looking for a new face to usher them into the 21st-century and to tackle the harsh realities of climate change in Canada.\nIf recent history is any indication, it might serve the Green Party to choose a young, progressive leader who's from Quebec.\nIn Quebec, the Green Party hasn't won much of anything in their time as an official political party. However, the province is known for mobilization against climate change, especially with younger generations. Most recently, Montreal saw a historic climate march, close to half a million strong. So, if the Green Party is looking to make inroads, Quebec is prime real-estate for a Green wave.\nDespite the fact that they only won 3 seats in Parliament, the Greens received a historic number of votes in the 2019 Election. As the only fully environmentalist party in the country, the Greens are most in line with how a vast majority of Canadians feel about climate change.\nIt'll take a Herculean effort and perhaps a change in the electoral system for the Greens to have a breakthrough in Parliament, but the party hopes that new leadership will reap new rewards.\nI spoke with the deputy leader of the Green Party, Daniel Green, to discuss what the party's plans are moving forward.\nWhat was the reason behind Elizabeth May's resignation?\nShe announced that this would be her final election as a leader over the course of the past few years. Elizabeth has always said that she loves the Green Party but hates being its leader because it takes away from her true love of Parliamentary work. Being the leader of a national party is an extreme sport and she wants to have a life.\nBehind every political campaign are hundreds of selfless, hard-working volunteers. Thanks to all of our donors, supporters, canvassers, staff, and especially our incredible candidates.For the @CanadianGreens, this is only the beginning. pic.twitter.com/wBKjjlyO2V— Elizabeth May (@ElizabethMay) October 22, 2019\nShe's stepping down on good terms because we have a caucus now, which we didn't before. We doubled our membership and we doubled our votes. The time was now for her to step down to have a new leader come in ahead of the election we'll probably be having in another 24 months.\nDo you think the Green Party leadership should go in a younger direction?\nWe know that the Millennials are strong Green voters. We've looked at the demographics of who supports us and we know it's a young, female demographic that votes for us. If you look at the student vote - and we're talking about the non-official high school vote that Elections Canada allowed this year - there's very strong support for the Green Party.\nSo many people gathering in #Montreal ahead of the global #climatestrike. Respect existence or expect resistance!#FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/5wtTGgOrQ2— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) September 27, 2019\nTwo years from now, those high schoolers will be official voters so we know that we'll need a young and relatable candidate.\nREAD ALSO: This Is How A Liberal Minority Government Will Affect Quebec\nEvery party has an environmental platform. How does the Green Party distinguish itself from what the Liberals or the NDP are offering?\nIf you look at our platform and our climate action, we are very decisive. We're doubling the target, we're asking for the closure of the tar sands in 10 years, and we're the only party in Quebec to say that the pipeline project is a bad project and is not in line with the reduction of our carbon footprint.\nThe climate crisis isn’t a partisan issue. Elizabeth May and Justin Trudeau sat down today to talk about how they can work across party lines to solve the most pressing issue of our time. Greens are fighting for a liveable future and better world. We hope the Liberals will too. pic.twitter.com/Xz06zbIzX8— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) November 15, 2019\nOur party has been at the forefront of climate action and climate adaptation. We're not afraid of asking for more decisive action than the NDP is and of course, the Liberal government. Even the Bloc Québécois avoided taking a strong position against the pipeline project.\nDo you think that the Green Party would benefit from having a multi-faceted leadership, like the Quebec Solidaire, for example, rather than one leader?\nIt's possible. It's not part of the Canadian tradition but the Green Party is known for breaking tradition. It has been suggested in meetings but it would mean a complete constitutional change.\nView this post on Instagram J’étais très fier de mon look hier soir. #earthday #costard #elegant A post shared by Daniel Green (@daniel.green_pvc) on Apr 30, 2019 at 8:04am PDT\nThough, it remains to be seen how that would physically work. What would be the divisions of labour, of gender, and regional ones for instance?\nOur tradition has always been to have two deputy leaders and historically, one of those has come from Quebec. That way, Quebec society can be more in touch with the Green Party leadership.\nWill you endorse anyone for leadership?\nAs I'm part of the leadership committee and part of my job is to organize the leadership race, I have to remain completely non-committal to the candidates that will be running and will not be endorsing anyone for the leadership of the Green Party.\nView this post on Instagram Bienvenue dans la famille Pierre ! #cndpoli A post shared by Daniel Green (@daniel.green_pvc) on Aug 19, 2019 at 12:02pm PDT\nDo you think the Green Party will need a leader from Quebec to be successful?\nWe have many candidates from Quebec that have been talking about running for leadership and we hope we have more. Personally, I won't be seeking leadership - as I said, being a leader is an extreme sport and I still continue to work in the environmental toxicology field, so it would be difficult. I do plan to run again as an MP in the next federal election, however.\nHow does the Green Party consider Quebec and its unique issues such as language and immigration? And, how does the party plan to negotiate with Quebec's government moving forward?\nWe understand that Quebec is a distinct society and it has always evolved a little different than the rest of Canada. The province has a centre-right government, the CAQ. Its position on immigrants and immigration is not shared by everybody in Quebec and there's a lot of division on this debate.\nView this post on Instagram Ça me rend toujours heureux de voir à quel point les gens sont prêts à se mobiliser pour notre cause. La vague verte prend une envergure jamais vue et ça l’annonce de belles choses pour 2019 🇨🇦 🗳 . Si vous souhaitez faire partie de la belle famille des Verts, tant à titre de bénévole que de candidat, n’hésitez pas, le lien est dans la bio 🌏. La mobilisons pour les élections générales de 2019, ça commence maintenant! . Le 25 février, dans Outremont, on #VoteVert 💚 A post shared by Daniel Green (@daniel.green_pvc) on Feb 6, 2019 at 5:46am PST\nBill 21 has created a malaise but we respect the fact that the National Assembly has the right to adopt its own laws. This law is being contested by Quebecers who feel they are being discriminated against and we will closely follow the court challenge once that reaches the Supreme Court of Canada.\nWhat's one initiative that the Green Party will propose to improve public transit in Montreal?\nWe support the metro extensions, both proposals in the South Shore and the Blue Line. We also support the Pink Line electric tram between Lachine and downtown Montreal. And we've even supported adding high-frequency trains in the Toronto-Montreal corridor.\nWe need transportation for the 21st century.With 250km/hr 🚃s, we could get from:Calgary👉Edmonton in ~ 1 hr (3.5 hrs by 🚗)Toronto👉Ottawa in ~ 2 hrs (5 hrs by 🚗)Toronto👉Quebec City in ~ 3.5 hrs (8 hrs by 🚗)#CdnPoli #Elxn43 pic.twitter.com/BhplP0Jt5Z— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) September 20, 2019\nPersonally, I said that if CN doesn't want to collaborate, we would think about renationalizing the railway lines so that VIA Rail would be allowed to operate high-frequency trains. We're still waiting to see how the Trudeau minority government will deliver on promises to collective transport.\nHow do the Greens plan to break through Canada's apparent two-party system?\nElizabeth May has been at the forefront of electoral reform and its one of the things we've been asking for almost 10 years. With the type of Parliament we have, first-past-the-post doesn't work anymore because we are a five-party system.\nThere's never been a better time to adopt proportional representation.Every vote should have equal value. Our Green caucus is calling for democratic renewal. 📢We call on the other parties to get on board. pic.twitter.com/n0hlKPDtCU— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) November 25, 2019\nIn mixed-member proportional representation systems, coalition governments are often more stable. Ultimately, Canadians should see that first-past-the-post in a multi-party system no longer works anymore.\nWe'll see this happening over the next few years and as democracy evolves on a federal level, it may come to pass that a proportional system will allow for more stable governments.\nShould you become an MP in an upcoming election, what's one policy that's near and dear to you that you will bring to Parliament?\nBecause of my background in environmental toxicology, what I would like to see is much more climate adaptation that specifically deals with environmental challenges. In Quebec, we're seeing massive flooding where it never been seen before. When you have these rivers that end up where they shouldn't be, it entails a lot of pollutants in the river systems.\nView this post on Instagram Fierté 2019!!! #fiertemtl A post shared by Daniel Green (@daniel.green_pvc) on Aug 18, 2019 at 2:53pm PDT\nWe have a lot of physical infrastructure in our urban environments that contain a lot of chemicals. Now, we'll have to start thinking about what to do with these chemicals if they end up in the water. One thing that I would like to do is concretely evaluate how we manage our chemicals, both industrial and consumer so that they don't end up in our water systems.\nAs expected, the future of the Greens continues to look greener by the day!