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.
The 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 …