To the Green Party of Canada: Get serious GlobeDebate
This translation has been automatically generated and has not been verified for accuracy.Full DisclaimerAdam Pankratz is a lecturer at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. He is on the board of directors at Rokmaster Resources, and ran for the federal Liberal Party in the riding of Burnaby South in 2015.
There’s a truism about children: They always want to be bigger, taller and stronger. They want to be able to reach the cookies off the top shelf, feel the first raindrop and twist the cap of the pickle jar. They want, fundamentally, to be more important. But what they inevitably come to realize is that with size, height and power come scrutiny, expectation and, most unnerving of all, responsibility.
Elizabeth May’s Green Party seems to be at such a crossroads. Voters looking for an option other than Canada’s two main parties are steering away from Jagmeet Singh’s rudderless NDP, and some are considering the Greens. Ms. May has seen historically high polling numbers ahead of the 2019 election. For the Greens, these are auspicious times to be sure; finally, people are paying attention and considering them a real alternative in places beyond Ms. May’s riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.
Story continues below advertisementAnd it’s not just traditional NDP voters either looking elsewhere. On Vancouver Island, David Merner – a former federal Liberal candidate and the past president of the Liberal Party of Canada in B.C. – will be taking up the Green banner in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. That is no small candidate revolt, and it speaks to voter frustrations on the Island. The Greens are to be taken seriously across Vancouver Island in the next election; a seat-sweep is not out of the question.
Green Party leader Elizabeth May arrives to announce the official launch of the Green Party of Canada campaign in Victoria on Sept. 11, 2019.CHAD HIPOLITO/The Canadian PressThe inevitable problem with being taken seriously, however, is that it is accompanied by an expectation of a certain level of seriousness. The Greens are currently in danger of squandering their opportunity by failing to recognize they can no longer behave like a plucky outsider. In other words, they need to start behaving like a serious, national political party, not a West Coast environmental movement.
The current Green-NDP fiasco in New Brunswick is an illustrative point. When the provincial Green Party announced that 14 New Brunswick NDP candidates reportedly changed allegiances in early September, it looked like a coup for Ms. May’s federal party. But conflicting information quickly raised new questions. Was this move discussed with the national Green executive? Was
Mr. Singh’s turbana factor, as one defecting provincial staffer suggested, or was electoral gain the decider? Five NDP candidates have since said they were not actually part of the exodus, meaning their names were listed as defectors without consent, forcing a Green apology. It’s amateur hour in Fredericton; get your popcorn.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says it's 'false' that 14 former provincial NDP candidates in New Brunswick switched their political allegiance to the Green party this week. Singh said the controversy suggests an 'act of desperation' on the part of the Green Party.
The Canadian PressThe Green Party turned a potentially big moment into a clown show, one with racial overtones, to boot. This is not how serious political parties behave. What’s next? A Green candidate in Quebec who publicly supports separatism? Well, actually, yes – welcome to the Green Party, Pierre Nantel.
This Green Party is still behaving like the one of elections past – one that technically ran candidates in all ridings, but did so by begging for just about any lukewarm body in most of them. Such strategies over the past few elections have thinly veiled the reality that the Greens have been little more than a Vancouver Island environmental movement. That can’t go on.
The Greens can no longer rely on black-or-white statements that sound good to a narrow base but rapidly fall apart in the real world. Last election, the Green platform included eliminating tuition fees for colleges and universities, forgiveness of student debt, a shutdown of the oil sands and all fossil-fuel projects, and a guaranteed livable income. These are all potentially laudable goals, but every voter who asks themselves if this is too good to be true is asking themselves the right question.
It’s impossible not to see shades of the NDP in 2015 here. As soon as the NDP went from lovable third-party to genuine contender, Canadians began scrutinizing their platform promises far more closely. The policies withered under the pressure. The Green Party will not attract more votes by offering pie-in-the-sky promises that Canadians know will never be seen through by a party with any real power.
Story continues below advertisementStory continues below advertisementMs. May, meanwhile, has said she will never support a government that’s not serious about climate change – a fair message to send amongst your inner circle, but one that, said publicly, assumes electoral loss. A failure of imagination narrows optimism and voter base; Jack Layton proved how the opposite approach could work by telling voters in 2011 that he was running to be Prime Minister, and then leading the NDP to a historic number of seats. The Greens need to ask themselves if are they running to represent a single cause or to be a serious party truly ready for the big leagues nationwide.
Politics is often described as the art of the possible, and the serious parties who win and govern successfully recognize this. The Greens could find themselves in a position to answer the question of whether they are serious come Oct. 21. And to pass the test, they must understand the responsibility and take it seriously.
Will the Green Party get the cookies off the top shelf? Or will they send the jar crashing to the ground under their weight? Read more: The Globe and Mail »
GlobeDebate As long as they take some votes from the imposter I am OK with the Green Party GlobeDebate In one sentence, EM talks about zero fossil fuels, in the next, talks about refineries using oil from Hybernia. Which one is it? GlobeDebate Don't, go away instead, worthless. GlobeDebate they should put exclamation points in all their pamphlets so they sound more serious. and bold font. and underlines.
GlobeDebate Yeah there’s no smiling in politics just the relentless search for crumbs from the public coffers and maybe some networking too
‘Unacceptable’ for Green Party to allow candidates who support Bill 21: Muslim group“The Green Party does not tell candidates what they can or cannot support,” Elizabeth May said about her candidates' position on Quebec’s religious symbols ban — something critics are calling “unacceptable.” Hi can you send my story to the prime Minister of Canada 🍁 please gave me info I will send you. Wow the Greens have gone 'NuTs', allowing independent thought and free speech. Thank the Lord above that the other* parties whip their members into a cohesive blob of conformity. *PPC might be anther exception. Wow! A political leader that believes in democracy!
HuffPost is now a part of OathWell the NDP never even showed up in Manitoba. A party that embraces a quebec separatist, and a leader who is against free choice, is no longer poised for a breakthru. More scrutiny has done the Green party no favours. Deservedly. While the msm covers for many of the bizarre and often vile beliefs of Green candidates, they need to try another way to influence the elections as yet another PC provincial government is elected...
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Elizabeth May clarifies position on abortion, says Green Party screens out candidates who disagreeLast month, Ms. May and the Green Party said MPs would be able to reopen the issue because the party doesn’t whip votes globepolitics Bernier literally called transgender people “perverts”, and just says “ok” globepolitics They are much cowards as the Liberals and Conservatives The important question isn’t who will or will not reopen the debate. It’s who has enough courage to actually place it into law. globepolitics meanwhile two parties proudly and openly hate LGBTQ people (including their leaders!) and Canada just treats it as normal.
HuffPost is now a part of OathSo... when does May apologise and retract, or when does she get fired? Because Green Party just started running scared, I'm happy to say. Their opposition is gonna be re-hashing this thru October. This is a major deal for teh Green voter-type. Good Zero chance the msm will bring up May's fear of WiFi on our children's brains or the anti semetic undertones of many of her candidates.
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