Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, went on national television to lecture us on political “attack ads,” which her party is “attacking” in a new TV ad campaign. What a joke! “Tired of the name-calling? Smear campaigns? Mudslinging?” asks the ad’s narrator. I say “yes” to all those questions, and look to Ms. May to clean up her own act by the next federal election.
May, who apparently plans to run in the British Columbia riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands, has engaged in several nasty personal attacks directed at Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Remember the 2008 leaders’ debate during the last federal election? May sat next to the PM and spat one personal slur after another at the man—the better man, I might add.
Then there was her infamous slur in 2007 when she claimed that PM Harper’s climate change position was “a grievance worse than Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of the Nazis.” A quick Google search will, I’m sure, toss up several other occasions when the Green leader has attacked the man rather than his ideas—it’s her style.
Ms. May, who has lost several elections in a row, is the irrelevant leader of an entirely irrelevant, single-issue political party. She is desperate to be noticed—by anyone. For more than a quarter of a century, her party has been running candidates in federal and provincial general elections and must be close to holding the Canadian record for futility as they have yet to elect a single candidate. The one sitting MP—elected under another party’s banner—who joined her party was defeated at the first opportunity the voters had to consider him as a Green candidate.
And yet she still gets herself on national TV—go figure.