Friday, April 12, 2013
Will the Greens Back Trudeau, Shun Mulcair?
Tom Mulcair and the NDP will need all the help they can get for the 2015 election. It's too bad Tommy burned his bridge to the Green Party.
“Over the last two years, I found Justin Trudeau to be collaborative and friendly,” May told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview.
For the Saanich–Gulf Islands MP, collaboration is important. During the Green party’s convention last summer, she received a mandate to seek cooperation with the NDP and the Liberal party to defeat Stephen Harper and the ruling Conservatives.
Her experience so far with New Democrats has been “discouraging”. Last December, she wrote to NDP and Liberal MPs on the subject of electoral cooperation.
“It was a personal and confidential letter, but the NDP made it public and attacked me for sending it,” May recalled. “And Tom Mulcair prohibited his members from answering my letter.”
Although Mulcair and Trudeau have both stated they are not interested in the idea of an electoral alliance, the Green leader believes she may have a better chance of success with Trudeau.
“I think he’ll be much more open to cooperation…at least with the Greens, than will Tom Mulcair,” May said.
I don't know what it is with Mulcair but he comes across as a guy who has never seen a bridge he didn't want to set afire.