Hockey player Georges Laraque joins Green Party of Canada

Published 4:37 pm Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Former Montreal Canadiens hockey player Georges Laraque has joined the Green Party of Canada, according to the party and The Canadian Press. The player will be filling an undefined role for the time being, but Laraque isn’t ruling out running in the next federal elections.

“I’m ready to do whatever I can to help,” Laraque said Saturday in Montreal.

“We’re destroying the environment now and we have to make a change. To make a change you need public personalities to talk about it, to educate people. And I’m going to be one of them.”

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“The Green Party has been active in Parliament in Europe and Australia for many years, and it has been to their benefit. It is high time for Canada to build a strong Green Party and to elect MPs who will speak out for a modern, sustainable and just vision of our development and choices,” said Jacques Rivard, Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada.

Laraque has been a long time vegan, meaning he eats no meat or other products derived from animals, like milk and cheese; and an animal rights activist. Last month he was released by the Canadiens, popularly known as the Habs, after scoring only one goal.