Kratchmer, 42, was born and raised on the family farm located near
the town of
south of Unity
which has been in the family since the 1930’s. He now owns and
operates a mixed grain farm with cattle which is in the process of
Norbert planted 17 acres of seedling trees this spring, suitable for
local climate and conditions, as part of a reforestation pilot project.
Previous plantings of shelterbelts have thrived and provided food and
shelter for many birds and small animals.
Norbert enjoys traveling as it exposes him to different perspectives,
ideas, and people. He believes these experiences have helped him appreciate
Canada, as well as giving him inspiration to try new things on his
farm. He was especially interested in a taro plant and pig farm in
Fiji that he visited which was an example of innovative thinking possible
in farm operations. The farm used methane produced from pig waste to
cook the pig food, while solid pig waste fertilized the taro crop thus
reducing the smell and waste problems encountered on traditional farms.
Norbert loves nature and encourages wildlife to use his farm as part
of their habitat. Since he has become chemical free he has noticed
an increase in the population of frogs in his ponds and he is confident
that foxes, deer, antelope, rabbits, and owls have appreciated the
change as well. He has found that his crops have not suffered but have
improved in response to the elimination of chemical fertilizers and
has increased Norbert’s
awareness to the potential problems that genetically modified (GM)
foods possess and believes that GM foods
should be labeled to ensure consumers have a choice. He is greatly
concerned about the increasing control multinational corporations are
gaining over all aspects of the food production and distribution network.
While these types of concerns may impact him more as a farmer trying
to raise natural foods, ultimately he believes these issues will affect
all consumers if the present trends continue.
Norbert believes that the Green Party is the only political party
that is serious about food safety and environmental concerns.
He believes that the Green Party most closely fits his personal value
system and that in running for the Green Party he will offer an alternative
choice to the voters in his area.
Battlefords - Lloydminster
Fornssler, twenty-two, is one of the thousands of young Canadians ‘fed’ up
with federal politics in Canada and is determined to change the tone
graduated from Vancouver Film School’s writing for film & television
program in the spring of 2003 and is currently making a documentary
about this attempt at gaining federal office. He hopes such a film
will decrease voter apathy and encourage other people to seek office
and change within this country.
Mike is a journalist for Phaylon.com, a nonprofit news and educational
website, and has written various articles about infighting within alternative
media, neo-conservativism, and various other topics.
issues of concern for Mike are Saskatchewan “brain drain”,
sustainable environment, over taxation, civil liberties, voter apathy,
and uranium mining.
Mike was born in Victoria, BC and moved to Saskatoon when he was five.
He lived here until he was 18 when he moved to Vancouver to attend
school after which he returned to Saskatoon.
John A. Mc Donald is a father of six children
and a proud grandfather of eleven.
John A. started his career as a teacher in the far north of Saskatchewan
in the La Ronge area. He has also run his own lumber yards and construction
business and taught Adult Education in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British
Columbia as well as acting as a school Trustee on Vancouver Island,
British Columbia. He has since returned to Alberta to be closer to
the majority of his children and grandchildren.
John has always been active politically and he ran in the last Federal
election in Westlock/St.Paul.
He is running in the Churchill River constituency to help spread the
message that you can be environmentally responsible and economically
conservative at the same time.
John would also like to see organized electoral districts on a proportional
representation basis in order to give people an opportunity to have
a true democratic say in government policy.
Desnethe - Missinippi
- Churchill River
McDonald, John A.
Knorr, 24, has a 4 year old son, and a partner of 5 years. Since graduating
College with a Teacher Assistant Certificate in 2002, Amanda has
worked at The Bentley Retirement Home and more recently at the Academy
Learning in Swift Current. Her time spent at Bentley’s opened
her eyes to the challenges faced by the aging population in Cypress
and their need for a voice in this election.
a young mother Amanda feels that the Green Party’s voice
needs to be heard in this election because the time is now to start
creating a better future for our children, the future of Canada. She
believes that by increasing the accountability and equality of parliament,
Canadians can once again regain their trust in politicians, allowing
the parties to work together to move Canada forward on this issue in
a positive direction.
is enthusiastic about promoting the Green Party’s platform
as it concerns Child Poverty, Social Justice and Health Care. Amanda
also recognizes the importance of listening to the concerns and opinions
of those she talks with and is eager to expand her understanding of
what is important to those she meets.
Amanda is very excited about running as your candidate for the Green
Party in Cypress Hills-Grasslands and believes that if we work together
we can make Canada a better place for her children and your grandchildren.
Cypress Hills - Grasslands
Larissa Shasko is a current resident of
Moose Jaw, SK. She was born in Regina, and she was raised both in Regina
and Lumsden, SK. Larissa loves the prairies and has resided in Saskatchewan
almost all of her life. She will be 24 years of age on the date of the
election. As a child she actively pursued the art of dancing, and although
she no longer dances, the spirit of a dancer lives on in her.
Larissa has attended the University of Regina, and is currently a
student of Athabasca University pursuing her B.A. Degree in Psychology
and Journalism. Her post-secondary education also includes a Certificate
in Early Childhood Education, as well as training in professional cooking
at SIAST Palliser Campus.
has been a member of the Saskatchewan Centennial 2005 Committee of
past year. She has organized a youth art show,
and she was a key planner in the Street Dance of the Century in Moose
Jaw this past September. Larissa also attended a round table meeting
with the Premier of Saskatchewan upon the recommendation of Moose Jaw’s
mayor. Her presentation during the meeting included rebuilding the
passenger train services in Moose Jaw and area, as well as encouraging
the arts and film industry and lowering post-secondary tuition.
In addition to her university studies, Larissa has also run her own
business as a personal chef specializing in Asian Infusion cuisine,
sushi classes, and wine and food pairings. Her many custom dining experiences
include a five-course gourmet dinner of Saskatchewan themed and organic
ingredients designed for a winemaker from Chile during his recent tour
of Canadian cities.
Larissa has always had a vision for a Canada run by honest leaders
with integrity who have the best interest of Canadian citizens at heart.
She is ambitious, enthusiastic, and committed to the Green Party for
the long-term future. If elected she would be an involved and green-minded
representative for Palliser residents.
Regina - Lumsden - Lake Centre
Sorochan, William (Bill)
I grew up in small-town Saskatchewan. Born
just down the road from where I live today, I have chosen to sink my
roots into Saskatchewan and make a life here. Though it is often too
cold, and always too dry Saskatchewan possesses a spirit that is found
nowhere else. We are hardcore people, but we have warm hearts.
I have spent the past two years as a UBC Masters student in the Resource
Management and Environmental Studies program. My research focuses on
understanding what motivates some people to take that extra step and
turn their environmental concerns into environmental action.
Throughout university I have focused on the relationship between economics
and the Earth. Studies in ecological economics, geography and community
economic development have strengthened my knowledge of the issues that
face our world, and economic strategies to address these issues. I
have come to understand that what is good for our Earth is also good
for our health, and our economy.
I have been active in green politics for the past five years. Along
with Ben Webster I co-founded the University of Regina Campus Greens.
I also co-founded a community economic development group in the Core
neighbourhood of Regina.
hope to make my first outing as a Green Party candidate a successful
the efforts of previous candidates. Regina Qu’Appelle
is a largely rural riding, and poses a challenge for campaigning, but
I am ready for the challenge.
Regina - Qu'Appelle
Michael Jones, 27, believes the Green Party has the most
sustainable platform of the major political parties both economically
and environmentally. In running as a green candidate he hopes to offer
his electorate an alternative to the three currently available parties
and their outdated responses to new problems.
After graduation Michael traveled extensively around Europe including
living for 12 months in Moscow, Russia teaching English. He saw first
hand how efficient and effective both inner and intra city public transit
can be and believes no reason why Canada cannot achieve similar results.
returning to Canada, Michael built a canoe and spent two summers
on an epic
across Canada with his wife. The journey gave
him an appreciation for the magnitude of Canada’s geography as
well as giving him insight into the challenges faced by aboriginal
communities. Since finishing the trip Michael has begun work on an
historical fiction novel as well as speaking to school groups about
his canoe journey and the fur trade in Canada.
moving to Saskatoon Michael has developed a great deal of respect
the hard work and dedication of the provinces farmers.
He has come to believe that farmers are great stewards of their land
and would like to help create an environment that would see farmers
passing on family land to their children. Michael believes the Green
Party view that “farmers do not want to farm the mailbox with
subsidies, regulations, licenses, [and] user fees. Farmers want to
produce good food for a decent price. Farmers want to feed a nation,
not the bureaucrat.”
Michael has a B.A. in Geography from the University of Calgary, and
a Certificate in English Language Training of Adults from Cambridge
Saskatoon - Humboldt
Rick is a community service worker in Saskatoon
as well as a First Responder and volunteer firefighter in his community
of Pike Lake. He was previously a Beaver, Cub, and Scout leader, and
on the executive of the local Community Association.
Rick firmly believes that by focusing on the Key Values of the Green
Party of Canada, we will build a strong framework for developing a
co-operative, community- based society with the active participation
of all members.
Realizing that the social, cultural, economic, and political are all
interconnected, we all need to be actively involved in developing alternative
ways of reaching the final goal, an ecologically sound society utilizing
the imagination and initiative of the entire community.
Rick is the Green Party of Canada's advocate for Public Safety, Emergency
and Civil Preparedness and has run as a Green Party candidate twice
(federally in 2004 and provincially in 1999).
Saskatoon - Rosetown
I was born in northeastern Saskatchewan
and raised on a co-operative farm. I attended the University of Saskatchewan
before moving to Ottawa to accept a position with the federal government.
During my 25 years in Ottawa, I worked for the federal government and
also formed my own consulting firm.
I have worked extensively within co-operative organizations. I was
part of a team to create a co-operative housing project in the Ottawa
area and am currently working through a co-operative organization offering
complementary, alternative health therapies. In this capacity, I teach
and perform Reiki treatments to help clients cope with stressful issues
in their lives and to alleviate physical pain and symptoms of stress.
I have also worked within the retail sector in both sales and office
Although the Green Party of Canada platform resonates with my values
and beliefs, two of the main principles of implementation of proportional
representation and a return of democracy to the citizens of Canada
instead of six weeks every four or five years are particularly important
Saskatoon - Wanuskewin
Matt Smith was born in Brantford, ON in 1977. He now lives
in Oxbow, SK with his wife Christy.
Matt attended the Seneca College for Computers and Business Administration
and has worked in the technology field for over 13 years. He currently
holds the position of systems Administrator with Waterflood Sales and
Service. His experience extends into the fields of project management,
outsourcing, library services, customer service, international marketing
and distribution, technology management and open source
Matt is also active in community development through volunteering,
especially in community theatre, and now by running for the Green Party.
516 Main Street
Souris - Moose Mountain
Nigel Taylor has been a member of the Regina
arts community for his entire life. He is currently the Assistant-Principal
Trumpet for the Regina Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly in Regina
and throughout Canada with Lazer Blade, the Nancy Ray-Guns, the Kyrie
K. Groove, and the Jonathon Dyck Quintet.
2005 Nigel was a composer/arranger and music coordinator for Challenging
project that used innovative
computer technology to allow
variously-abled artists to perform and improvise music, dance, and
visual production. In 2004, Nigel worked as a composer and musician
with We—The City, performing his original works as well as Rob
Hunter’s pawatan, a Cree-language multi-disciplinary project
dealing with the collision between traditional beliefs and the urban
experience. Nigel is also co-creator of the improvisational-theatre/street-performance
group Cirque D’Erable (Maple Circus). He continues to be a sought-after
musician and performer in the Saskatchewan arts community.
In 2003 Nigel was a candidate for the New Green Alliance in Regina
Walsh Acres. He has remained active in the Green Party of Canada and
continues to support environmental initiatives throughout the City.