03 August 2010

Former Hockey player Georges Laraque becomes deputy leader of Canadian Green Party

At 6’3” and 245 pounds recently retired NHL player Georges Laraque was an imposing force on the ice garnering such tough guy accolades as Hockey News “Best Fighter” in 2003 and Sports Illustrated’s number one enforcer in 2008. Now the former hockey star is hoping to kick butt in an arena where most participants rarely play by the rules, politics.

The Green Party of Canada introduced Laraque as its new Deputy Leader on July 31, a role that fits the ex-Montreal right winger—as noted in a previous story, hockey position not political affiliation—surprisingly to a T.

It’s true that the former hockey enforcer may have struck fear in the hearts of opponents throughout the NHL, challenging foes to fights at the drop of a puck, but off the ice his persona offers a bit more… compassion.

Laraque became a vegan over one year ago after watching Earthlings, the award-winning documentary that exposes the suffering of animals within the food, fashion, pet and entertainment industry. He protested the North American Fur and Fashion Exposition in Montreal and raised $1 million to rebuild Grace Children’s hospital in his parent’s home country of Haiti following the devastating earthquake that left 200,000 dead.

“After working for many years on key issues like animal welfare and improving lives in Haiti, I am so pleased to have joined a political party that truly cares about building a healthy and just society,” expressed Laraque. “I believe that the world becomes a better place one person at a time and that every single individual should do their part to make a difference. Canada has a serious problem with inactivity and obesity that deserves attention. I look forward to working with the Green Party on making Canada the world's healthiest and most sustainable country,”

“Georges is a very committed Green, passionate about a number of causes, including the relief effort in Haiti, animal welfare and sport,” said Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May. “As Deputy Leader, Georges will help us realize our goal of promoting active, healthy, sustainable lifestyles as part of the Green agenda.”

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