The Green Party TM
Worse than just a single-issue party, the Green Party is nothing more than a brand name. Kind of like Nike. You want to believe that if you buy brand name running shoes that you will be more fit and look cooler, and that some how they are better than other shoes. But rip off the swoosh and you have an inferior product made by a company with questionable ethics. Branding the Green Party as 'fresh' and 'new' while it is identified, through its name, as an advocate for one of the most topical issues of our time is a marketing ploy. The Liberals have been using their brand name to trick progressive Canadians out of their votes for decades. This tactic is neither 'fresh' nor 'new.'
Back in Realityland the Green Party is a mess of an organization. Because of its lack of defined social principles, the Green Party is home to disaffected protesters from all parties. It is a place where people who are not team players can go to feel like 'big fish' and young rebels can feel uh, rebellious. It may have been about raising issues on the environment in its inception but they have never been as effective at their stated goal as New Democrats have, who are actually running to form government.
David Suzuki was quoted today saying:
“I can't wait until there is no Green Party,” Dr. Suzuki was quoted as telling the Toronto Star.
“As long as there's a Green party, the implication is that the Greens somehow have a stranglehold on this issue; they're the ones that worry about the environment so the other parties can worry about other things. I don't think it's a ghetto subject.”
Elizabeth May is not Progressive
People worry about Harper's hidden agenda or the fact that Dion keeps changing his Green Shift proposal, but May is the sketchiest of all. It's hard to tell what she actually stands for, other than the environment, because she has a different line depending on who she is talking to. She tries to cast herself as more evolved than the old-school politicians, but her backroom shenanigans with Stephane Dion are as old as it gets.
May uses her gender as an issue when it suits her politically but she has slapped women's rights in the face with her anti-choice comments. Her "I don't think a woman has a frivolous right to choose" comment compelled prominent feminists Like Judy Rebick to withdraw their support for her.
She supports Liberals:
But even as Ms. May vehemently denied she is co-operating with the Liberals, an email surfaced showing Ms. May cheering on a Liberal candidate. This morning at 9:19 a.m., Ms. May sent an email to Brent Fullard, the new Liberal candidate in Whitby-Oshawa, Ont., and copied the email to a broad range of reporters and politicians.“I cannot help myself!!! GOOD LUCK BRENT!!!,” writes Ms. May in response to a Liberal press release announcing Mr. Fullard's candidacy.Courtesy of Jason Cherniak, we see that Elizabeth May endorsed Liberal candidate, Bryon Wilfert, and that her endorsement is on his campaign literature(!!!):
-Globe and Mail, Monday Sept 8, 2008
Her endorsement (highlighted above) reads:
As Executive Director of Sierra Club of Canada, I worked closely with Bryon Wilfert when he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment, Stéphane Dion. He was unfailingly helpful in work at the Environment Committee and in work to prepare for the United Nations Climate Conference. Now that I lead a different political party, I am still happy to attest to this commitment.Imagine being Joe Greencandidate in that riding. Must be rough.
Leader, Green Party of Canada
She also tried repeatedly to woo (more) Conservatives to the Green Party. In her attempt to gain entrance into the leaders' debate, May ambulance-chased every rogue MP that surfaced in the last parliament- some of them, deeply conservative.
Former Conservative MP Garth Turner, who campaigned with May in the London by-election, admitted that he had talks with Elizabeth May about joining the Greens before he joined the Liberals.
May proclaimed former long-time Conservative MP Bill Casey, "an honourary Green."
The long and short of it is that May and the Green Party are not progressive, and they are massive hypocrites for trying to wave the flag of democracy over the debate issue. True defenders of democracy don't play games for their own personal gain at the expense of Canadians' right to vote for the candidate and political party of their choice.
Elizabeth May is a severe opportunist and I feel terribly sorry for all those who fall for this highly sophisticated ploy.
Suggested further reading:
-Dan Baril- Former Green Party strategist (also a former Conservative strategist) ripping apart May's reaction to being initially excluded from the debates.
-Mia Rabson from the Winnipeg Free Press on how undemocratic May and her political games are.
Elizabeth May calls Canadians "stupid." Nicely done.