Gaza conflict central to Zepp campaign

Tyler Clarke
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While some see grey in the Israel/Gaza conflict, Larry Zepp sees black and white, with Canada “supporting war crimes” against the people of Gaza.


Larry Zepp is seen during an all-candidates forum in 2006, when he ran for a seat with the Green Party of Canada. 

Zepp is the Green Party of Saskatchewan’s candidate for Sask. Rivers -- a campaign he’s centering entirely on the Gaza conflict.

Party leader Victor Lau said that while Zepp might have a stronger focus on international issues than the party as a whole, the Green Party of Saskatchewan backs their candidate’s peaceful intentions.

“Our position always has been violence doesn’t solve anything -- that’s the general position for the green parities across the world,” he summarized.

“We think there is a way to negotiate an ever-lasting peace, it’s just a matter of getting the two sides together to put down their weapons and come to the table.”

Zepp is no stranger to politics. The retired teacher and peace activist ran an unsuccessful nomination bid for the federal NDP in 2004, and he ran an unsuccessful campaign for a Green Party of Canada seat in 2006.

Similar to his most recent agenda, Zepp’s 2006 focus was on a single point -- that United States President George W. Bush be tried as a war criminal for the war in Iraq.

After the campaign, Zepp declared that he would not run for the Green Party of Canada again in the future, noting that their official stance was not as anti-war as his was.

Out of the political game for a few years, Zepp said that a recent article in the Daily Herald drew him back in.

The Aug. 6 edition introduced Regina resident Tracey Yellowtail as the Green Party of Saskatchewan’s Prince Albert Northcote candidate, at which time the Herald noted that the party was considering another non-local candidate for another Prince Albert constituency.

“I figured they needed someone from here, who lived in the Sask. Rivers constituency,” Zepp said. “If they don’t live in P.A. it’s very difficult.”

However, Zepp reiterated that his key focus is on bringing attention to the conflict in Gaza, through both his campaign and whatever media coverage he’s able to get.

Pressed on local issues, Zepp said that it’s all on the Green Party of Saskatchewan’s website.

“I agree 100 per cent with Victor Lau and the provincial program,” he said.

Pressed further on which parts of the provincial program appeal to him, Zepp answered, “All of it.”

Although Lau admits that Zepp seems keen on furthering his Gaza-centred opinion, he believes his Sask. Rivers candidate is “a bit more diverse.”

The Green Party of Saskatchewan is close to filling all of the constituencies, Lau said, noting that he looks forward to sitting at the table with everyone in order to hash out their campaign focus for the next election, which Premier Wall has indicated will be held in April, 2016.

Organizations: The Green Party of Saskatchewan, Green Party of Canada, NDP Daily Herald Prince Albert

Geographic location: Gaza, Sask., United States Iraq Regina P.A.

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Recent comments

  • Victor Lau
    August 20, 2014 - 17:40

    Hey Greg, Why do you think Larry Zepp is a lunatic? Larry is very much a pacifist who believes strongly in ending the conflict in the Middle East and ending all wars. In fact, Larry has the Green Party positioned correctly in renouncing violence everywhere And demanding conflict resolution and sustained democratic negotiations. If Larry is a lunatic (which he isn't), what does that make PM Stephen Harper? Mr Harper should be horrified, as we all are, of all the hundreds of civilian casualties being killed each day this conflict rages on. As Canadians, as people of conscience, we should be applauding Larry Zepp's courageous stand for Peace, not making cynical remarks from the sidelines. Time to Vote Green!

  • Greg Lanick
    August 20, 2014 - 03:00

    Two things... 1. It's hilarious and depressing that this has made the news. 2. Larry Zepp is clearly nuts. Is it possible to have him tested for psychosis? I don't think it's safe for anyone to put a camera on this guy. Might give some other lunatics ideas.