The federal Dippers choose a new leader on Saturday, and should Thomas Mulcair be chosen, that may very well spell the beginning of the end of the Green Party of Canada as the country’s environmental conscience. Elizabeth May, please take note.
Thomas Mulcair, the Outremont MP, is a former Quebec environment minister who, according to a straight.com Nov. 2011 article, has a quotation from David Suzuki on the front page of his calendar in Ottawa: “We are the environment, and the environment is us.”
Mulcair has been pretty consistent in his support of the Kyoto Accord and in his criticism of Alberta’s oil sands, especially of subsidies to that sector. “You have to remove the subsidies, the $1.6-billion [annually] that we were giving to the tar sands,” he is quoted as telling the Georgia Straight.
Doesn’t get much greener than that, does it?
My bet is Mulcair would be very comfortable and effective poaching voters from the Green party, thereby padding the NDP’s base by about three per cent—perhaps even a point or two more.
Surely Green voters would see that a vote for an environmentally friendly party, which is the official opposition and could form the next government, makes more sense than a vote for an environmental party that doesn’t have a chance of ever holding more that a handful of seats in the House of Commons, if that.
With their raison d’être usurped by a Mulcair-led NDP, the Green Party of Canada could be left to wither and die.