A couple of days ago I argued that the Liberals and the Conservatives and, for that matter, the NDP did not deserve your vote in this year's federal election. In the piece, entitled, "This Year, This Vote, Is Different. It Matters Like It Never Mattered Before," I said this time common decency demands that we reject these parties and vote, instead, for the future, for our 7 million young people and those who will follow them who will never have a say in their future, not in time. My point was that if we even take 5 per cent or 10 per cent of the vote it will be enough to force Trudeau or Scheer or Singh to give up on the petro-state and start doing what these younger generations so badly need.
It was with this in mind that I read Chantal Hebert's piece in today's Toronto Star:
Former NDP leader Thomas Mulcair was not being malicious when he suggested the Green party might be becoming a refuge for orphan progressive voters in the lead-up to next fall’s federal election.
“Progressives are looking for a home on environmental issues,” Mulcair said on Sunday’s edition of CTV’s Question Period, adding that “people who believe that environmental issues should be top of mind are…going to start paying attention to Elizabeth May’s Green party.”
...If Singh does secure a seat in Parliament later this month, it will take more than a good performance in question period to right his listing ship in time for the fall campaign.
The Green party by comparison has entered the election year buoyed by a string of modest but nevertheless significant provincial breakthroughs.
The party tripled its seat count from one to three in New Brunswick, a result that comes with some leverage in a provincial legislative assembly dominated by the opposition.
Polls show the Greens in contention for government in Prince Edward Island.The argument is sound. Canada can no longer afford the maladministration of Tories and Liberals, not if the country is to have a future. Even the IPCC with its perpetual optimism, warns we have until 2030 to slash man made greenhouse gas emissions by half if human civilization is to avert catastrophic climate change. That is nowhere on the Liberals' or the Tories' or the New Dems' policy radar.
This is the year we need seismic political change. We cannot afford to lose another four years to Trudeau or Scheer. They have to be brought to heel and a weak Liberal minority would be a good start.