Breaking down the barriers to solving world problems
 

Politicians who have signed the Simpol Pledge

Simpol is supported by an increasing number of MPs around the world. Please see below for details. If you are an MP or Senator or a candidate, we invite you to join them! To see our special FAQs for politicians, click here.

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Prior to the 2015 Federal Election, the candidates listed below signed the Simpol Pledge. 

Abbotsford

Stephen Fowler (Green Party)

Pledged: 21st September 2015

Aurora - Oak Ridges - Richmond Hill

Brenda Power (NDP)

Pledged: 3rd September 2015

Comment: "I was not aware of your organization, but I see that it is very much in line with my own thinking. We definitely need to promote the concept of the "Global Citizen" and encourage people to understand and appreciate the power that they actually have."

Barrie - Innisfil

Bonnie North (Green Party)

Pledged: 11th October 2015

Beausejour

Kevin King (Green Party)

Pledged: 20th August 2015

Burnaby North - Seymour

Chris Tylor (Libertarian)

Pledged: 17th September 2015

"I agree to the approach of discussing things on a global level from a libertarian, Austrian-school perspective and try to find solutions to collective problems."

Calgary Forest Lawn

Judson Hansell (Green Party)

Pledged: 9th September 2015

Central Okanagan - Similkameen - Nicola

Robert Mellalieu (Green Party)

Pledged: 21st September 2015

Comment: "I see that SIMPOL is very much in line with my own thinking. We definitely need to promote the concept of the "Global Citizen" and encourage people to understand and appreciate the power that they actually have."

Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingly

Kevin Nichols (Green Party)

Pledged: 12th August 2015

Chatham Kent - Leamington

Mark Vercouteren (Green Party)

Pledged: 21st September 2015

Chilliwack - Hope

Thomas Cheney (Green Party)

Pledged: 6th September 2015

Comment: "A globalized world economy requires equally global solutions."

Cloverdale - Langley City

Scott Anderson (Green Party)

Pledged: 28th September 2015

Comment: "We either work together or we fall individually."

Dartmouth - Cole Harbour

Brynn Nheiley (Green Party)

Pledged: 18th August 2015

Comment: "I agree in principle with the directions taken by Simpol. I hope the Canadian Government can show leadership on many of these issues and take prior action that reflects the urgency of many of these issues."

Dauphin - Swan River - Neepawa

Kate Storey (Green Party)

Pledged: 14th August 2015

Comment: "We live in a global economy and must cooperate to find global solutions"

Etobicoke - Lakeshore

Angela Salewsky (Green Party)

Pledged: 3rd October 2015

Fleetwood - Port Kells

Richard Hosein (Green Party)

Pledged: 22nd September 2015

Fundy Royal

Stephanie Coburn (Green Party)

Pledged: 20th September 2015

Haliburton - Kawartha Lakes - Brock

William MacCallum (Green Party)

Pledged: 24th September 2015

Halifax

Thomas Trappenberg (Green Party)

Pledged: 8th August 2015

Hamilton Centre

Ute Schmid-Jones (Green Party)

Pledged: 4th October 2015

Hamilton West - Ancaster - Dundas

Peter Ormond (Green Party)

Pledged: 7th October 2015

Kitchener Centre

Nicholas Wendler (Green Party)

Pledged: 18th September 2015

La Pointe de L'Ile

David Cox (Green Party)

Pledged: 4th October 2015

Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston

Anita Payne (Green Party)

Pledged: 2nd August 2015

LaSalle - Emard - Verdun

Lorraine Banville (Green Party)

Pledged: 28th September 2015

Laurier - Sainte-Marie

Cyrille Giraud (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th September 2015

Malpeque

Leah-Jane Hayward (NDP)

Pledged: 8th August 2015

Mission - Matsqui - Fraser Canyon

Arthur Green (Green Party)

Pledged: 20th September 2015

Mississauga - Erin Mills

Andrew Roblin (Green Party)

Pledged: 22nd August 2015

Comment: "If we don't vote for the future we want, we'll never get it."

Montarville

Olivier Adam (Green Party)

Pledged: 21st September 2015

North Island - Powell River

Brenda Sayers (Green Party)

Pledged: 13th September 2015

Oakville North - Burlington

David Clement (Libertarian Party)

Pledged: 20th August 2015

Pierrefonds - Dollard

Abraham Weizfeld PhD (Green Party)

Pledged: 29th September 2015

Comment: "Reciprocity is a principle of constitutional law and international relations."

Pontiac

Colin Griffiths (Green Party)

Pledged: 11th August 2015

Portage - Lisgar

Beverley Eert (Green Party)

Pledged: 5th October 2015

Riviere du Nord

Joey Leckman (Green Party)

Pledged: 9th August 2015

Saint John - Rothesay

Sharon Murphy Flatt (Green Party)

Pledged: 13th August 2015

Saint John's East

David Peters (Green Party)

Pledged: 14th August 2015

Comment:  "Bold idea, and we need bold ideas in action."

Saint Laurent

John Tromp (Green Party)

Pledged: 21st September 2015

Sarnia - Lambton

Peter Smith (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th September 2015

Selkirk - Interlake - Eastman

Wayne James (Green Party)

Pledged: 24th September 2015

Simcoe North

Peter Stubbins (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th September 2015

South Surrey - White Rock

Larry Colero (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th September 2015

Comment: "Great concept."

Steveston - Richmond East

Laura-Leah Shaw (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th October 2015

Stormont - Dundas - S. Glengarry

Elaine Kennedy (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th September 2015

Therese - de Blainville

Andrew Carkner (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th September 2015


Daniel Guindon (Libertarian Party)

Pledged: 15th October 2015

Toronto - Danforth

Chris Tolley (Green Party)

Pledged: 11th August 2015

Vancouver Centre

Lisa Barrett (Green Party)

Pledged: 31st July 2015

Comment: "I appreciate the co-operative and participatory features of the SIMPOL process. In my experience, the outcomes from these approaches are far better in terms of achievability and durability."

West Nova

Clark Walton (Green Party)

Pledged: 29th September 2015

Winnipeg North

John Redekopp (Green Party)

Pledged: 25th August 2015

MPs and Political Parties who have signed the Simpol Pledge

Argentina

Fernando A. Iglesias. Diputado de la Nacion MC por la C.A. de Buenos Aires.

Australia

House of Representatives:

NamePartyElectorateDate Pledged
Julie CollinsALPFranklin17.6.16
Anne Stanley ALPWerriwa15.6.16

Senate:

NamePartyStateDate Pledged
Lee RhiannonGreens NSW7.6.16
Rachel Siewert GreensWA29.6.16

European Union

ConstituencyNamePartyDate Pledged
LondonClaude Moraes Labour   21.5.2005
UK SEKeith Taylor Green   27.5.2009
ScotlandDavid Martin Labour   16.5.2014
ScotlandCatherine Stihler Labour   1.5.2014  
Scotland

Alyn Smith

 SNP

   3.5.2014

 

 

Germany

Ireland

ConstituencyNamePartyDate Pledged
Cork N.C.Jonathan O'Brien Sinn Féin   23.2.16
DonegalPearse Doherty Sinn Féin   22.2.16
Dublin Bay N.Seán HaugheyFianna Fáil

 7.1.16

Finian McGrathIndependent 8.1.16
Thomas BroughanIndependent21.1.16
Dublin Bay S.Eamon Ryan Greens   18.1.16   
Dublin CentralMary Lou McDonald Sinn Féin   22.2.16
Dublin FingalLouise O'Reilly Sinn Féin

21.2.16

Dublin S.W.Sean Crowe Sinn Féin   14.1.16
Dublin S.W.Katherine ZapponeIndependent          8.2.16
KerryMartin Ferris Sinn Féin   22.2.16
Longford-WestmeathRobert TroyFianna Fáil 21.2.16
LouthGerry AdamsSinn Féin 22.2.16
OffalyCarol NolanSinn Féin 25.2.16

Luxembourg

Dr. Jean Colombera. Member, Chamber of Deputies. Constituency: Nord.

United Kingdom

NamePartyDate Pledged
Aberdeen N.Kirsty Blackman MPSNP6.5.15
Airdrie & S.Neil Gray MPSNP1.6.17
ArfonHywel Williams MPPlaid Cymru24.4.15
Ayrshire C.Philippa Whitford MPSNP2.5.15
BathWera Hobhouse MPLib Dem22.5.17
B'ham Hall GreenRoger Godsiff MPLabour11.10.07
Bolton S.E.Yasmin Qureshi MPLabour8.6.17
Brighton Pav.Caroline Lucas MPGreens8.6.2004
Bury S.Ivan Lewis MPLabour7.6.17
CambridgeDaniel Zeichner MPLabour17.10.07
Carmarthen E. & D.Jonathan EdwardsPlaid Cymru18.8.15
Carshalton & W.Tom Brake MPLib Dem23.3.07
Coventry N.W.Geoffrey Robinson MPLabour31.5.17
CrawleyHenry Smith MPCon.19.4.10
Cumbernauld, K&KE.Stuart McDonald MPSNP1.6.17
Dagenham & R.Jon Cruddas MPLabour5.6.17
DarlingtonJenny Chapman MPLabour3.6.17
Derby N.Chris WilliamsonLabour8.4.15
Dudley S.Mike Wood MPCon.1.5.15
Dwyfor M.Liz Saville Roberts MPPlaid Cymru3.5.15
EasingtonGrahame Morris MPLabour13.4.10
EastbourneStephen Lloyd MPLib Dem25.4.10
Edinburgh EastTommy Sheppard MPSNP

25.4.10

EdmontonKate Osamor MPLabour5.6.17
Edinburgh S.W.Joanna Cherry MPSNP5.6.17
Edinburgh S.

Falkirk
Ian Murray MP

John McNally MP
Labour

SNP

28.4.14

4.5.15
Fife N.E.Stephen Gethins MPSNP3.5.15
Glasgow E.David Linden MPSNP2.6.17
Glasgow N.E.Paul Sweeney MPLabour6.6.17
Glasgow S.W.Chris Stephens MPSNP2.6.17
GlenrothesPeter Grant MPSNP3.5.15
Hampstead & K.Tulip SiddiqLabour29.5.17
Hayes & H.John McDonnell MPLabour31.1.05
Heywood & M.Liz McInnes MPLabour3.5.15
IpswichSandy Martin MPLabour8.5.17
KetteringPhilip Hollobone MPCon.7.12.06
Kilmarnock & L.Alan Brown MPSNP2.6.17
KnowsleyGeorge Howarth MPLabour18.5.17
Lanark & H.E.Angela Crawford MPSNP2.6.17
Leeds N.E.Fabian Hamilton MPLabour10.5.17
Leeds N.W.Alex Sobel MPLabour10.3.15
Linlithgow &EF.Martyn Day MPSNP27.4.17
Lothian E.Martin Whitfield MPLabour4.6.17
Motherwell & W.Marion Fellows MPSNP1.6.17
Newcastle N.Catherine McKinnell MPLabour26.4.10
Newport WestPaul Flynn MPLabour25.2.15
Ochil & S.P.Luke Graham MPCon.5.5.15
Oxford W. & A.Layla Moran MPLib Dem28.4.15
Paisley &RN.Gavin Newlands MPSNP1.6.17
Perth & N.P.Pete Wishart MPSNP29.5.17
Portsmouth S.Stephen Morgan MPLabour8.5.17
Renfrewshire EastKirsten Oswald MPSNP1.5.15
Salford & E.Rebecca Long-Bailey MPLabour5.6.17
South ShieldsEmma Lewell-Buck MPLabour6.6.17
StaffordJeremy Lefroy MPCon.8.6.17
Stockton S.Paul Williams MPLabour6.6.17
Stroud

David Drew MP

Labour15.4.10
TwickenhamVince Cable MPLib Dem28.5.17
Tyneside N.Mary Glindon MPLabour29.4.15
Vale of ClwydChris Ruane MPLabour19.5.17
Warrington S.Faisal Rashid MPLabour29.5.17
Weston-s.-MareJohn Penrose MPCon.2.5.05
Worsley & Eccles S.Barbara Keeley MPLabour8.3.15

FAQs for Politicians and Political Parties

Why is Simpol necessary?

Simpol offers an alternative, yet complementary, approach to solving global problems. Current efforts at international treaty-making sponsored by the United Nations are revealing themselves to be inadequate and prone to failure. That's why Simpol is fast gathering increasing interest and support.

Moreover, in today's globalised economy where capital moves instantly across national borders and nations must compete to attract inward investment and jobs, the feasible parameters of government policy have become very restricted indeed. In practice, only market- and business-friendly policies are now permissible, so marginalising the interests of society and the environment. But it is becoming increasingly clear that this is a vicious circle that no nation can win, and all must ultimately lose.

Simpol is unique in offerring a transnational political process that allows everyone - citizens, MPs, political parties and governments - to participate in. Citizens in particular are signing on to the campaign, so making it in the growing electoral interests of politicians and parties to support the campaign.

To confirm YOUR support, please sign the Simpol Pledge. If you would like your party to consider making Simpol a part of its official policy, please download a Party Resolution Form.

 

What advantages does Simpol offer over UN-sponsored negotiations?

UN-sponsored international negotiations, for example on carbon emissions, have two major and potentially fatal draw-backs:

  1. They deal with only one issue at a time. This is problematic because, on any particular issue (eg. carbon emissions), there will always be winners and losers. And because only one issue is on the table, there is no way for losers to be compensated, so virtually assuring their non-cooperation.
  2. When it comes to global policy, the people have no say and effectively no sway on their governments. There is consequently no electoral pressure on governments - no direct political incentive for them to cooperate with one another.

Simpol solves both these problems. Firstly, by offering a multi-issue policy framework where nations that may lose out on one issue can gain on another, Simpol uniquely offers a far better prospect of getting all nations to co-operate. Moreover, by allowing citizens to use their votes to incentivise politicians and governments, Simpol may ultimately offer a more likely means of solving today's global problems. But whether it does or not, Simpol can be supported without compromising your party's policy or the government's position in current international negotiations. Simpol works in parallel, and so is entirely complementary to those efforts.

So please sign the Simpol Pledge and lend YOUR support to Simpol.

How will Simpol's policy content be developed, and by whom?

Simpol's policy content will, when the time comes, be developed by citizens via processes to be hosted by each national Simpol organisation, and overseen by the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation. These processes would be launched only once sufficient support in principle for Simpol was forthcoming from politicians around the world.

Should that point be reached, these policy development processes will allow supporters in each country to design, propose and refine Simpol's policies. For this, they may draw on proposals from NGOs, politicians, think-tanks or on those provided by their own chosen experts.

This would be followed by an international negotiation to arrive at a final set of measures to be implemented by nations globally and simultaneously. Prior to implementation, citizens in democratic countries would be invited to confirm their agreement.

In that way Simpol's policy content remains:

  • Flexible: The policies remain open to revision at all times until the point of implementation so ensuring they are fully appropriate for then-prevailing world conditions;
  • Democratic: Supporters joining the campaign after the launch of the policy development process would still have the opportunity to contribute until final policies had been internationally negotiated and agreed.

Simpol is also globally inclusive. Not only will it allow citizens in democratic countries to participate in developing policy, the governments of non-democratic nations would, at the appropriate point, be invited to participate in international negotiations to reach a final agreement.

Because policy development would only commence once sufficient support from politicians were forthcoming, politicians who sign the Simpol Pledge at this stage support to the campaign only in principle. Should the process for developing Simpol's policy content eventually commence and result in any international agreement, and had you already signed the Pledge, you would be invited to re-confirm your support prior to voting in parliament to implement those policies.

Thus, not only is your support for Simpol given only in principle at this stage, Simpol's policy development, when it occurs, would remain open, democratic and flexible at all times until implementation and you would be asked, at that point, to re-confirm your support. This means you can sign the Pledge without risk, and without coming into any conflict with your party's present policies.

How does Simpol ensure that national sovereignty is protected?

To ensure Simpol only includes policies that genuinely require simultaneous implementation, the process incorporates a unique criterion for screening out national policies. In this way it achieves a healthy subsidiarity between the global level and the national level, so safe-guarding national sovereignty. This criterion is expressed in the following question:

Would the unilateral implementation of the policy by a single nation (or by a restricted group of nations) be likely to cause it a significant competitive disadvantage?

If the answer is:

  • No: the policy does not qualify for inclusion in Simpol because it could be implemented by any nation (or restricted group of nations) alone.
  • Yes: the policy qualifies for inclusion in Simpol.

In this way, only appropriate policies are included while the national sovereignty of all nations is maintained. By signing the Simpol Pledge you are therefore promoting your nation's interest to cooperate to solve global problems while still protecting its right to self-determination on all issues that have no international impact.

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Would signing the Pledge be risky or put me in conflict with my party's policy?

No, for several reasons:

  1. The development of Simpol's global policies remains an on-going work-in-progress at all times until Simpol's implementation. As such its policies, although emerging in outline, remain to be fully defined and are likely to remain flexible until shortly before implementation. As such, for the foreseeable future, signing the Pledge remains only a commitment in principle; a confirmation of your support only in principle for Simpol and the process it has set in train.
  2. Since Simpol's policies remain to be fully defined, there can be no conflict with your party's current international policies. Both you or your party as a whole can support Simpol in parallel to your present policies.
  3. Simpol's condition of simultaneous international implementation allows politicians to support important global policies but only on condition that they are implemented by all or sufficient nations together. So, not only can you support such policies without any risk to national economic competitiveness, you can be seen to advocate them while making clear the condition for your support; that condition being, that the policy is to be implemented simultaneously, only when all or sufficient nations also do so. If all nations move together, we all win.

So, carry on supporting your party, but support Simpol too. Doing so is a risk-free, win-win proposition! Please confirm your support today by signing the Simpol Pledge.

 

What are the electoral advantages of signing the Simpol Pledge?

There are many advantages:

  1. Credibility: By supporting Simpol, you are identifying yourself as a politician who supports a practical solution to global problems. Supporting Simpol allows you to go beyond the confines of party policy to reach out to the growing body of voters who increasingly care about global issues but who have become disillusioned with party politics.
  2. Extra Votes: By supporting Simpol, you make yourself eligible to receive the votes of citizens who support the campaign. They are committed to giving strong preference to candidates who have signed the Pledge, to the probable exclusion of those who haven't. With support for Simpol growing, it makes sense to make sure you're supporting the campaign.
  3. Leading the Way: By supporting Simpol, you are joining a growing body of parliamentarians, statesmen, economists and thought leaders who realise that the world needs a way out of its present dilemma and that neither the UN nor traditional party politics, important though they are, can deliver on global challenges. You came into politics to make a positive difference to the world. Supporting Simpol offers you a complementary way to do that.

So please sign the Simpol Pledge today.

 

If I sign the Pledge, am I free to revoke it later?

Yes. But why would you want to?

  1. Since Simpol's policies remain a provisional work-in-progress and won't be implemented until all or sufficient nations support the campaign, they remain only a potential and, moreover, a potential that has not yet been fixed. So there can be no conflict between Simpol and your party's policies. 
  2. If you sign the Pledge, your national Simpol organisation will normally publicise that Pledge to all its supporters, so indicating who they should give strong voting preference to at the next election. But if you decided to cancel your Pledge, we would, of course, publicise that too. So, to cancel your Pledge makes no sense. It would only invite our growing block of supporters not to vote for you.
  3. Bear in mind, too, that one or more of your political competitors in your constituency may have signed the Pledge. So, if you were to cancel your Pledge, you would only be putting yourself at a competitive disadvantage.

In short, you can of course revoke your Pledge at any time if you wish, but there's really no reason to, and every reason not to. So please show yourself to be part of the global political solution by signing the Simpol Pledge. Show yourself to be more than just a national politician, but a global one too. Make Simpol a permanent political life-choice; a part of who you are.

How will non-democratic governments be included?

The process of Simpol's policy development is designed in two stages; the first to include the differing perspectives and priorities of supporters in each nation; the second, the need for a final set of policies which supporters and all governments can agree to, and implement.

Stage 1 will commence when there is sufficient support in principle for Simpol from politicians around the world. Stage 2 would only commence once international support for Simpol was widespread and the possibility of implementation was approaching.

  • Stage 1: Supporters engage in their own independent national processes for developing Simpol's policy content. In this way, national perspectives and priorities can be taken into account;
  • Stage 2: Representatives from each national Simpol organisation, as well as the representatives of non-democratic governments would meet to negotiate a final set of measures.

The details will become clearer as the process evolves and grows. In the meantime, Simpol needs YOUR Pledge to move the process further along!

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How can my party officially support Simpol?

Political parties may officially support Simpol by passing a resolution at their annual party conference (or in whatever forum is legally charged with policy making). Please download the template resolution in support of Simpol for consideration by your party.

For more background on why supporting Simpol makes political sense for your party, please contact us requesting our Political Parties Prospectus.

What Politicians are saying about Simpol...

Jose Ramos-Horta

President of East Timor. Nobel Peace Prize Laureat

"I am pleased to confirm to you my interest in endorsing the Simultaneous Policy campaign and to be as active in its support as I can."

Svend Robinson

Former Member of Parliament, Canada

"Simultaneous Policy is indeed a fascinating and important contribution to the global movement to construct creative alternatives to our current system of international relations. I am particularly struck by the Policy's direct answers to the fundamental problems of competitive global relations.”

Catherine McKinnell MP

Simpol-pledged UK Labour MP

"So many of today's challenges need an international effort to combat them, so I am delighted to make my pledge to support Simpol."

Sir Richard Body

Former Conservative Member of Parliament, UK 

"The really big issues today now cross national frontiers and individual governments cannot cope with them in isolation. This is where Simultaneous Policy comes in. … [It] is the only way a host of problems can now be solved. Simultaneous Policy is the alternative.”

Duncan Hames

Simpol-pledged UK Liberal Democrat former MP

"I support Simpol as a way of tackling cross-border issues and addressing the 'prisoner's dilemma' of international competition. Naturally, the individual policies proposed for simultaneous implementation need to be considered on their merits at the time they are proposed."

Jeff Jewell

Former Parliamentary Candidate, Canada

"Simpol is such a brilliant and powerful idea! By removing the risks that may attach to doing the right thing, it thereby removes excuses for taking that essential first step in the right direction."

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