Just perusing through the Green party platform today and there seemed to be a few things missing.
First, there was nothing really credible on health care. It is one of Canadians' top three issues and the Green plan really showcases their inexperience and lack of understanding on this file. There was not one mention of how to address the shortage of family doctors- the problem that many Canadian health care woes stem from.
But there was an even more peculiar ommission.
The Greens say that one of their three main principles is "grassroots democracy" but nowhere in their platform do they mention electoral reform. Could it be that they have given up on fighting for proportional representation? If they haven't given up on PR, they have at least moved it so far back that it gets no mention in the eight-page document. Even their plan to raise the GST gets a mention.
A few words that do feature prominently throught the platform: Green tax Shift.
Yup. It's looking more and more like May and the Green Party are committed to their coalition with the Liberal party in a long-term kind of way. It seems like less of a Liberal/Green love affair and more like an engagement. I wonder when the wedding is. Day before E-day perhaps?
I also wonder how the Green Party base feels about all of this. Not the members who have caught a whiff of relevance and are now robotically loyal (even when May makes anti-choice comments). But I wonder about the people who were there before Elizabeth May. The people who have worked tirelessly election after election to bring democratic reform to the forefront. I want to know how they feel.
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