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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Electing the leader is now top Green priority; May looking for rural riding

Elizabeth_May At a wine and cheese fundraiser in Calgary on Thursday, Green Party leader Elizabeth May told a packed room of party supporters that getting the leader elected to parliament is now the party’s first priority in the next federal election.

May ran against popular Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay in the Nova Scotia riding of Central Nova in the last election and came second. Many party supporters wanted to see May run in a more winnable riding in order to represent the party in parliament. May, who lives in New Glasgow, told the audience that while she has never been comfortable with the idea of being a parachute candidate, she will now consider running outside of Nova Scotia in a rural riding with strong Green support.

May also told supporters that electing the leader was not a priority of the party in the last election, establishing broad-based support across the country was. With 6.8% of the national vote in the last federal election, the Green Party was the only major party to increase its total vote from the 2006 federal election. May is calling this a victory.

While May would only say that she is looking at running in a rural riding, there is speculation that she is considering the Ontario riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound where the Green Party received over 27% of the vote in 2008 or the British Columbia riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on July 4, 2009 | Permalink


May is so blinded by her hatred of Harper, that she fails to see the enormous benefits of doing on the left what Harper did on the right--uniting the Parties.

Here's a better plan for May--sit down with Layton, do whatever is necessary to merge the two parties into one, hold a big leadership race, then springboard off all that media attention into the next general election.

With blue Liberal Iggy in charge, there is a huge vaccum on the left hand side of the political spectrum, waiting to be filled by a large, competitive, principled Party.

The Greens and Dippers may not know it, but they are facing an existential crisis. Their support base is too thin to keep donating time and money.
Do the math on the NDP. They spent around $18 million to elect 37 MPs--an average cost of around half a million per MP ! This is clearly too inefficient and unsustainable.

The Libs won't be part of any merger because their brand name is way too valuable to give up, and the Dippers couldn't stomach running under a Liberal banner.

Posted by: Macky Avelli | 2009-07-04 10:58:17 AM

There was never any merger between the Liebrals and the Greens. Instead, the Greens sold out lock stock and barrel to the Toronto corporations who own the Liberals in exchange for May's chance to run in NS. It effectively worked out to be a bag of magic beans. They're a one-issue party in a party system made up of more cosmopolitan parties.

Give it up Lizzy - Kyoto is dead and people like you killed it.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-07-04 11:04:05 AM

If anyone had been following all that Ms. May has said over the last year they would know that she has always been open to working with the other so called left parties. The problem is the Liberals and the NDP. Jack Layton in particulare has been very uncooperative.

The Greens sold out to the corporations? How did Zebulon come to this rediculous conclusion. In point of fact,since coroporations can no longer make donations to political parties I fail to see how anyone can sell out to them.

As for disliking Harper... count me in. At the start of the last election he, as an economist, claimed Canada was financially strong. Why then did we lose over 400,000 jobs in the months prior to the financial melt-down.

Posted by: N. Burman | 2009-07-04 12:03:11 PM

As for disliking Harper... count me in. At the start of the last election he, as an economist, claimed Canada was financially strong. Why then did we lose over 400,000 jobs in the months prior to the financial melt-down.
Posted by: N. Burman | 2009-07-04 12:03:11 PM

And it would be all too easy to add to that list of lies.

Lizzie is looking for a rural riding eh?
How about somewhere in California? Or better yet, Outer Mongolia...

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-07-04 12:59:20 PM

When Lizzy made her deal with the Liebrals to run unopposed in the last election, she compromised the integrity of the entire Green Party. These are the same Liebrals who granted Ontario's auto industry an exemption from their Kyoto plan, effectively ruining any attempt to combat climate change. (Perhaps we should be grateful since global warming is a hoax and Kyoto is a major scam).

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-07-04 1:45:01 PM

I certainly hope they don't allow her in the debates again. If having a seat was so important to participating in that process, perhaps they should have focused on a few strong ridings last election, hmm?

Posted by: K Stricker | 2009-07-06 9:43:01 AM

Lizzie should run in Vancouver, which is rich in foam at the mouth tree huggers and climate change activists. Even Campbell was re-elected after screwing people with his carbon tax. It's her best chance. Just think of the entertainment value if she was actually elected. Priceless.

Posted by: peterj | 2009-07-06 10:37:22 PM

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