Thursday, February 9, 2012

House denies Elizabeth May chance to speak

The Green Party sent its leader Elizabeth May to Ottawa, but did not give her enough seats for the Greens to have official party status. As a result, May sits as an independent and has only the rights and privileges accorded to other independent MPs.

On Monday, May rose in the House to make a few remarks about the late Czech president Vaclav Havel.  Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney, NDP foreign affairimage critic Hélène Laverdière, and Liberal interim leader Bob Rae had already offered words of their own.

She had just begun, however, when Speaker Andrew Scheer asked (see video) if she had the unanimous consent of the House to speak (as per the rules), whereupon at least a pair of “no” answers could be heard on the Conservative side of the floor. Accordingly, May was not allowed to complete her remarks.

Elizabeth May and her supporters believe, of course, exceptions should may and special treatment should be extended to her because she’s the leader of a party. Many Canadians, however, believe that the current system works well and that one must earn official party status before one is treated as a party leader in the House of Commons.

The Reform party started as a small regional movement and, operating under the first-past-the-post electoral system, rose to become the official opposition and finally, as Conservatives, won three consecutive elections—all in less time than it took the Greens to elect a single member.

The rules work: new parties can begin from scratch, flourish and gain power within a couple of decades. The Green party started before the Reform party did, but has not captured wide support. Under May’s leadership, the Green Party of Canada’s share of the popular vote dropped below 4 per cent in the 2011 federal election—its lowest level in eleven years. So now they want to have the rules changed?

Elizabeth May has to sit as an independent MP, because of her own ineptitude as leader of her party. If there is blame to be levelled, let it be levelled at her.

Read more here at iPolitics.

© 2012 Russell G. Campbell


  1. Ah the old trick of exceptions for me but not for thee. May would be the first to scream, and probably the loudest, if conservatives asked for exceptions to the rules.

    1. You can bet on that, Alain.

    2. Not only that.
      You reap what you sow.
      She was insufferable during the 2008 debate.
      At the Munk debate, her microphone was turned off and the audience shouted her down.
      Looks good on her.

      by the way, in the youtube video, did you see how fast she sat back down? Maybe it was editing but you can tell she knows she can't get away with her usual schtick in the House.
      She also knows she can be barred from there, too, at the discretion of the Speaker.

  2. Isn't the Green party affiliated with the Green party in Europe and the USA and other countries. How independant if the Cdn Green party. I remember on member of said party bragging that he had obtained some position on the executive of the European Green Party, and they were all one big happy family.

    1. Haven't heard that maryT, but am not surprised. The left loves internationalism and strives for world government.

    2. I haven't heard that either. But would like to know who the member was, what exactly was said, and when it was said. (Is that too much to ask?).

      For a moment I thought that the "member of said party" was May herself. But the "member" is then referred to as a "he"...

      To be frank (even though "Frank" is not my real name) I wouldn't be surprised if the Green Party here was affiliated with other Green Parties around the world, and if a member of our Green Party was involved in Green Party Politics elsewhere in the world. It makes sense in terms of shared values... it makes even more sense of those values have to do with the global ecosystem. Harper has been "internationalist" at times too, and has made reference to "values" at those times.

    3. Check out this link at the Green Party web site.

  3. No comment,except to say I agree with your comments. May deserves no special treatment.

  4. May is an attention junkie who caterwalled "Climate Change Climate Change" every chance she had.
    She seems to have changed to "Motherhood,Motherhood" recently.
    Anything goes as long as she has attention.


    1. "Anything goes as long as she has attention"?

      Surely she's more consistent than you suggest. Motherhood and a concern for the ecosystem are hardly inconsistent.

      "Caterwalling" would perhaps gain the attention of those wondering what that was...

      "Caterwauling", however, would perhaps be construed [and dismissed] as standard-blog-worthy-content-free-name-calling.

  5. Krist Erikson had a segment of May this evening SUN TV and May made a complete fool of herself.
    What a buffoon!
    No special favours - rules are rules.

  6. It would be interesting to see if Deb Grey was treated in the same way when she was the sole Reform Party MP in the House.