Green may be the new Gold for October voters

DAN DONOVAN  –  May 24, 2019

Green is gold heading into the fall 2019 election

In a Léger Marketing poll, only 27% of respondents said they would vote again for Trudeau’s Liberals.

The Justin Trudeau Liberal Party of today is not the broad-based, big room party of the many that it was under Jean Chretien, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Mike Pearson, Louis St. Laurent or McKenzie King. Trudeau’s “Liberal” Party is anything but inclusive. It preaches leftist tripe, but practices Machiavellian- and Tammany Hall-style politics by rewarding political friends and punishing opponents.  

One would think that the Liberal demise would be great news for Jagmeet Singh and the NDP. However, Singh has managed to perform even worse than Trudeau and is not connecting with voters. He is perceived to have a weak grasp of issues and is uncomfortable talking about most things unless they are about social justice matters.

The Léger poll suggests that support for Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer is soft at best. Critics say Scheer has no fire in his belly and no passion. His supporters say, not true — he has always been underestimated and always comes out on top.

The wild card in all of this is Elizabeth May and the Green Party of Canada. The 2019 fall election may be her moment to finally take centre stage. She is well known nationally and is respected by both peers and opponents. In Ottawa, she is viewed by the national media, pundits, and her parliamentary colleagues as smart, principled, good humoured, prickly at times but also fair minded. She is a passionate, articulate and informed debater with a gift for explaining complex matters in simple terms. She is a long-time lawyer, human rights and social justice advocate and a committed environmentalist. She is also a pragmatist who looks for real solutions to problems and brings a substantive track record of success on numerous issues starting with her mid-1970s participation in the volunteer grassroots movement to stop aerial insecticide spraying on forests near her home on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Her efforts led to the banning of aerial insecticide spraying in the province.

May once was a member of the NDP and has admitted to joining the Liberal Party briefly to support a friend in a nomination meeting. Ironically, she first came to national prominence in 1988 when she quit her job on principle as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Progressive Conservative Environment Minister, Thomas McMillan who […] had granted permits for the Rafferty-Alameda Dams in Saskatchewan without an environmental assessment.

This has been a shortened version of Dan Donovan's online article "Mayday". To continue reading, go to: