Politician following in Father of Confederation’s footsteps

By Evan Ceretti

Feb. 25, 2016

Peter Bevan-Baker is the great, great, great grandson of George Brown, one of the Fathers of Confederation.

Brown, founder of the Grits, the political party we know today as the Liberals, attended the Charlottetown conferences in 1864.

Bevan-Baker is completing the political circle.

“I’m very happy of the fact that I’m descended from a Father of Confederation.”

Brown started the newspaper the Globe, now called the Globe and Mail. A drunken employee shot Brown, and he later succumbed to the injuries.

Bevan-Baker made history last year in the provincial election when he was the first person ever from the Green Party to win a seat in legislation.

The Scottish born dentist-turned-politician spoke to journalism students at Holland College on Feb. 19, providing them with his political history, thoughts on electoral reform and information about the Green Party’s platform.

Bevan-Baker has been involved in politics for the last 25 years, running in 10 provincial elections, all unsuccessful, until last year.

He decided to get involved in politics after having children. He questioned the purpose of raising children if the world was going to limit them from leading a meaningful and purposeful life.

“What’s the point?”

His generation created many problems, socially, environmentally and culturally, he said.

“[The next generation] was going to be left a real pile of shit.”

Bevan-Baker chose to run for the Green Party because he didn’t see any other party that offered a breath of vision to make a sustainable world. He saw a lot of broken promises in politics.

He didn’t want to be constrained by party dogma, he said.

Bevan-Baker recently proposed the Well Being Measurement Act, wherein Islanders’ quality of life will be measured by means other than GDP.

Paul MacNeill, editor of the Eastern Graphic, supports the idea.

He said he likes the idea of trying to redefine our traditional understanding of success and failure.

The Green Party is different than the other conventional parties, said Bevan-Baker.

“Conventional politics are failing.”

Bevan-Baker specifically, rather than the Green Party as a whole, is different than conventional politics, said MacNeill.

One of Bevan-Baker’s goals is to improve the public’s perception of what the Green Party is.

“Peter is the Green Party on P.E.I.,” said MacNeill.

If you’re the right person at the right time you can win, said MacNeill.

“[Bevan-Baker] changed the atmosphere.”

He is is creating politics people can relate to, said MacNeill.