Politicians and Political Parties that support Simpol

Around the world, Members of Parliament of all parties and persuasions are signing on to Simpol, bringing us closer to solving global problems. If you're a politician who wants to support Simpol, you can or read our .

If you're a citizen and you want your MP, Congressman or Senator to sign on to Simpol, please join the Simpol campaign 

PartyNameDate Pledged
NDPLeah-Jane Hayward8.8.15
 Brenda Power3.9.15
Green PartyOlivier Adam21.9.15
 Scott Anderson28.9.15
 Lorraine Banville28.9.15
 Lisa Barrett31.7.15
 Andrew Carkner19.9.15
 Thomas Cheney6.9.15
 Stephanie Coburn20.9.15
 Larry Colero19.9.15
 David Cox4.10.15
 Beverley Eert5.10.15
 Stephen Fowler21.9.15
 Cyrille Giraud19.9.15
 Arthur Green20.9.15
 Colin Griffiths11.8.15
 Judson Hansell9.9.15
 Richard Hosein22.9.15
 Elaine Kennedy19.9.15
 Kevin King20.8.15
 Wayne James24.9.15
 Joey Leckman9.8.15
 William MacCallum24.9.15
 Robert Mellalieu21.9.15
 Sharon Murphy Flatt13.8.15
 Brynn Nheiley18.8.15
 Kevin Nichols12.8.15
 Bonnie North11.10.15
 Peter Ormond7.10.15
 Anita Payne2.8.15
 David Peters14.8.15
 John Redekopp25.8.15
 Andrew Roblin22.8.15
 Angela Salewsky3.10.15
 Brenda Sayers13.9.15
 Ute Schmid-Jones4.10.15
 Laura-Leah Shaw19.10.15
 Peter Smith19.9.15
 Kate Storey14.8.15
 Peter Stubbins19.9.15
 Chris Tolley11.8.15
 Thomas Trappenberg8.8.15
 John Tromp21.9.15
 Mark Vercouteren21.9.15
 Clark Walton29.9.15
 Abraham Weizfeld PhD29.9.15
 Nicholas Wendler18.9.15
Libertarian PartyDavid Clement20.8.15
 Daniel Guindon15.10.15
 Chris Tylor17.9.15

Stephen Fowler (Green Party)

Pledged: 21st September 2015

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."

Bonnie North (Green Party)

Pledged: 11th October 2015

Kevin King (Green Party)

Pledged: 20th August 2015

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."

Judson Hansell (Green Party)

Pledged: 9th September 2015

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."

Kevin Nichols (Green Party)

Pledged: 12th August 2015

Mark Vercouteren (Green Party)

Pledged: 21st September 2015

Thomas Cheney (Green Party)

Pledged: 6th September 2015

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

Scott Anderson (Green Party)

Pledged: 28th September 2015

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

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."

Kate Storey (Green Party)

Pledged: 14th August 2015

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

Angela Salewsky (Green Party)

Pledged: 3rd October 2015

Richard Hosein (Green Party)

Pledged: 22nd September 2015

Stephanie Coburn (Green Party)

Pledged: 20th September 2015

William MacCallum (Green Party)

Pledged: 24th September 2015

Thomas Trappenberg (Green Party)

Pledged: 8th August 2015

Ute Schmid-Jones (Green Party)

Pledged: 4th October 2015

Peter Ormond (Green Party)

Pledged: 7th October 2015

Nicholas Wendler (Green Party)

Pledged: 18th September 2015

David Cox (Green Party)

Pledged: 4th October 2015

Anita Payne (Green Party)

Pledged: 2nd August 2015

Lorraine Banville (Green Party)

Pledged: 28th September 2015

Cyrille Giraud (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th September 2015

Leah-Jane Hayward (NDP)

Pledged: 8th August 2015

Arthur Green (Green Party)

Pledged: 20th September 2015

Andrew Roblin (Green Party)

Pledged: 22nd August 2015

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

Olivier Adam (Green Party)

Pledged: 21st September 2015

Brenda Sayers (Green Party)

Pledged: 13th September 2015

David Clement (Libertarian Party)

Pledged: 20th August 2015

Abraham Weizfeld PhD (Green Party)

Pledged: 29th September 2015

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

Colin Griffiths (Green Party)

Pledged: 11th August 2015

Beverley Eert (Green Party)

Pledged: 5th October 2015

Joey Leckman (Green Party)

Pledged: 9th August 2015

David Peters (Green Party)

Pledged: 14th August 2015

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

Sharon Murphy Flatt (Green Party)

Pledged: 13th August 2015

John Tromp (Green Party)

Pledged: 21st September 2015

Peter Smith (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th September 2015

Wayne James (Green Party)

Pledged: 24th September 2015

Peter Stubbins (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th September 2015

Larry Colero (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th September 2015

Comment: "Great concept."

Laura-Leah Shaw (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th October 2015

Elaine Kennedy (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th September 2015

Andrew Carkner (Green Party)

Pledged: 19th September 2015

Daniel Guindon (Libertarian Party)

Pledged: 15th October 2015

Chris Tolley (Green Party)

Pledged: 11th August 2015

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."

Clark Walton (Green Party)

Pledged: 29th September 2015

John Redekopp (Green Party)

Pledged: 25th August 2015

FAQ for politicians and political parties

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 . If you would like your party to consider making Simpol a part of its official policy, please download a Party Resolution Form.

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  and lend YOUR support to Simpol.

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 without risk, and without coming into any conflict with your party's present policies.

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  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.

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 .

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 that you've signed the Pledge.
  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 now.

Yes. But why would you want to?

  1. Since Simpol's policies remain to be developed and wouldn't be implemented until all or sufficient nations support the campaign, they remain only a potential. Your or your party's support for Simpol at this stage therefore means supporting Simpol only in principle. So there is no risk and there can be no conflict with 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 sign 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 now.