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Former MontrealCanadiens hockey player Georges Laraquehas joined the GreenParty of Canada, according to the party and The CanadianPress. The player will be filling an undefined role for thetime being, but Laraque isn’t ruling out running in the nextfederal elections.

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

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

“The Green Party has been active in Parliament in Europe andAustralia for many years, and it has been to their benefit. It ishigh time for Canada to build a strong Green Party and to elect MPswho will speak out for a modern, sustainable and just vision of ourdevelopment and choices,” said Jacques Rivard, Deputy Leader of theGreen Party of Canada.

Laraque has been a long time vegan, meaning he eats no meat orother products derived from animals, like milk and cheese; and ananimal rights activist. Last month he was released by theCanadiens, popularly known as the Habs, after scoring only onegoal.