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Monday, October 22, 2007
Elizabeth May: Psychologist
Among her many talents Elizabeth May, the leader of the federal Green Party, is also an amateur mental health expert.
"Elizabeth May is trying to love Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Ms. May, the leader of Canada's Green party, is also studying to become an Anglican priest; so the injunction to "love thy neighbour" is one she takes to heart. Still, it's hard for her to warm up to a man who has spent his political life fighting against the social and environmental ideas she has fought just as passionately to promote.
"I work hard at loving Stephen Harper," says Ms. May, as she mixes bread dough in a large crockery bowl in the kitchen of her New Edinburgh home. "I don't dislike him as a person. I feel sorry for him as a person. He's obviously a person who has a hard time being happy. That's the basis on which I attempt to love him."
This analysis, one assumes, comes from hours of carefully watching the Prime Minister on national television and perhaps a few close encounters in the House of Commons lobby, if that. Few doubt that our Prime Minister is an introverted man. He dislikes pressing the flesh and by many accounts is almost incapable of small talk. Does this mean he is unhappy? Surely one of the things a would-be Anglican minister should learn is humility. Only the Almighty - should you believe in him - knows the depths of a man's soul. Christ maybe love, but surely you can demonstrate the Christian virtue of modesty as well and stop telling us how much you love Stephen Harper. Parading one's righteous is more of a United Church thing anyway. Reticence is a fine British trait, one which the C of E has in part helped to nurture. Mr. Harper displays it abundantly - if that's the word. He doesn't pretend to be comfortable in public or play the part of the social gadfly. He is what he is. A solid, highly intelligent and highly capable politician. For that - despite his drift to the political center - so many on the Right in Canada do love him. Unlike Miss May we try to keep it to ourselves.
Cross posted at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Posted by Richard Anderson on October 22, 2007 | Permalink
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Is May still around? I thought that after Kyoto had been pronounced dead, her one issue party would have died. Nice to see that she has another gig lined up.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-10-22 8:10:45 PM
Projection, perhaps? I see a very happy man in Harper. I see a only sadness and despair in committed environmentalists.
I think what LizzieMay means is: this bastard won't even meet with me, THE Elizabeth May, LEADER!
Posted by: Neil Flagg | 2007-10-22 8:13:15 PM
I love Stephen Harper if only for the fact that he makes people like Elizabeth May crazy.
Posted by: John | 2007-10-22 8:41:53 PM
Talk about the love that dare not speak its name!
Hugs are fine, but this broad is nothing but the 'kiss of death' to any party retarded enough to get involved with her.
Posted by: missing link | 2007-10-22 9:52:42 PM
Good analysis -- If May started by hugging trees, the next logical step is to move up to people who also have the emotional makeup of a tree like our PM does.
Ironically, it has been said in the International Press that balsa wood actually has more character than Harper.
Posted by: Rob | 2007-10-22 10:54:26 PM
Lizzie May is studying to become an Anglican Priest?
That should about finish off the Anglican church.
Politics, religion, what's next, the occult?
Harper will no doubt be devastated to find out Lizzie is fearful of giving him a big hug. Wonder if Dion has had a Lizzie hug? Perhaps that's the reason he's so damned befuddled, his Anglais is getting worse.
Posted by: LizJ | 2007-10-23 6:13:36 AM
Oh, but wasn't it a wonderful article?
She was baking bread!
Isn't that one of the prerequisites of being a Green Party leader these days? That and making incredibly stupid deals with Dion.
Maybe she would warm up to Stephen Harper if he was to name his cat Kyoto. Naming one's pet after a failed socialist/environmental treaty is apparently one of the keys to saving the planet from impending doom.
Imagine if everybody named their pets Kyoto......
I wonder if it would help save the planet if I named my 1979 Ford 4X4 with the 460 cid big block and the dual Holley four barrel carbs on it Kyoto, or is it only effective with names for pets? Perhaps it only applies to dogs?
Posted by: Stan | 2007-10-23 7:23:54 AM
If you think Saint Elizabeth May is bad -you should have met her American Mother -a real typical 'Sixties marcher and bra burner, against nuclear
power,the Viet Nam War, Ronald Regan, lived and
educated near Washington DC -immigrated to beautiful Cape Breton where she ran a "Hippie" Gift Shop and
health foods snack bar (great food by the way). Saint Elizabeth will be demolished by Peter the Pumpkin Eater in a Federal Election. I wonder if May will attend Citoyen Dion's going away party, expected in December 2007 Macleod
Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-10-23 7:24:11 AM
The progression of the Anglican Church.
Wot, you won't let me behead my wife?
Hotbed of gay activism.
Welcoming rock-worshippers as high priestess.
Y'er right. Their credibility is totally shot.
This is not a religion, it's a political party dressed up in an appearance of legitimacy.
Posted by: set you free | 2007-10-23 8:39:32 AM
Poor dejected ol' Lizzy...her Librano patron is in trouble and her Kyoto AGW soapbox has been destroyed by the throne speech....nothing left for a defrocked green zealot to do but commit herbicide with a leap from the parliamentary gallery into the potted plants below ;-)
Posted by: Bill | 2007-10-23 10:17:55 AM
May is likely more of a Red Tory than Librano (if there's a difference). She became empowered while working for Tom McMillan, Mulroney's Environment Minister. This is likely why Harper causes her such "pain".
I was invited to speak on a panel with her by an acquaintance involved with the Anglican Church. Having been raised Anglican, I asked her when the Anglicans had wandered over into pantheism. I declined the offer for lack of preparation, unfavorable terms, and fear of being set-up.
The most useful service she can provide Canadians is to pull support from the other three leftist parties allowing the CPC room for a majority government.
Posted by: John Chittick | 2007-10-23 11:17:52 AM
Harper sounds like a normal man.
Interestingly Macloed styles this nutty woman as progeny from Washington, D.C. where the huge old fortress like mental institution is named "Saint Elizabeth's."
Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-10-23 11:30:42 AM
She would not make the cut as a Liberal, nor would she want to be considered one. She caused many political problems for two of Nova Scotia's dumbest
Premiers, Savage and MacLellan -she ruined the formerly Honorable Vincent J. MacLean's career
May is a hard edged Socialist like her mama. She is also a Lawyer (Dalhousie Law School) Nova Scotia NDP
focused on a Provincial election are recruiting "Greens" at the moment. They will wipe out Rodney The Fiddler and his Progressive Conservative Hicks - MacLeod Most Maritimers think a "Red Tory" is some fool with a bad case of sunburn. Macleod
Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2007-10-23 11:33:31 AM
That wasn't bread dough,it was fruitcake.
Posted by: wallyj | 2007-10-23 11:42:17 AM
Liberals are focused on how they lost control of their Leadership Convention and selected Pinocchio
the French Citizen from Quebec. They won't be paying any attention to Saint Elizabeth or Saint Alexa from
the socialist hordes, and now regret that they will not contest Peter the Pumpkin Eater in West Nova.
Premier Rodney the Fiddler was forced to terminate one of his Cabinet Ministers a few minutes ago. Rodney is an example of what happens when rural Nova Scotians learned to read -he just handed his Government over to the NDP who, unfortunately for Rodney have a lot more talent in their ranks than
either Rodney or the other Guy who "leads" what's left of the Nova Scotia Liberals -Macleod
Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2007-10-23 12:56:12 PM
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