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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Do we even need a Green Party?

Why do we need a Green Party? Don't we get sufficient coverage of environmental issues from the NDP and the johnny-come-lately Liberals and Conservatives? I think the Green Party is irrelevant and a waste of taxpayers' money.

mayThe Green Party of Canada has been running candidates in our elections since 1980—almost 30 years—and have yet to elect a single one to parliament. During the 1980 election 11 candidates issued a joint press release stating they were running on a common platform. That was their start. They contested the 1984 election as a party. For Pete's sake, that's a full generation of being rebuked by the Canadian voters.

How many times do the Canadian voters have to tell them that their party is irrelevant before they get it? Are they stubborn or just too thick to know when they are not needed or wanted?

And as for the leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May? She seems like a nice person. A Christian, a successful environmental activist, who once worked for the Conservative government. But she is not a leader. She has added nothing to the debate in Canada. She's made controversial statements about women's abortion rights and mused that prime minister Stephen Harper's stance on environmental issues is "a grievance worse than Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of the Nazis". But she has added nothing of substance—only the duplication and recycling of the rhetoric of others better able to defend the environment.

Recently, a cast off former Liberal MP has joined the Green Party. But they still are not an official party of parliament—except in Elizabeth May's imagination of course.

Not at all the sort of track record one would expect from a serious political leader. She's well-meaning I suppose, but just doesn't have leadership material. If sulking when you don't get your own way was all it took, then okay, she might have something. But leading a serious party takes a great deal more than that.

Now, come to think about it, does Canada really need the NDP … 

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  1. Not quite sure what your point is. Are you suggesting they be outlawed? Also, when is a political party ever 'needed'? How does a party achieve that status? The Green Party is still around because they have been growing steadily more popular since the 1990s. The only reason they have never sent any MPs to Ottawa is because of our archaic electoral system. You know, the system that allows a party to control the majority of the House of Commons by virtue of winning less than 40 percent of the popular vote? There's a real issue, not the existence of the Green Party.

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  2. I would never suggest any political party be outlawed. I'm only suggesting they have the good sense to disband. After a full generation, its time to go.

    It has nothing to do with a "system that allows a party to control the majority of the House of Commons by virtue of winning less than 40 percent of the popular vote?"

    The Reform Party started with a single elected member not so many years ago, and went on, through a successor party, to govern the country. So the system has been proven to be fair and does work.

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  3. We need the Green Party because they have more issues than the environment, yet base their policies on sustainability.

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  4. Is that all that's necessary to justify tax-payer funding. I don't buy it. After 30 years or so of rejection by the Canadian voters, toss in the towel.

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