My mail-in ballot arrived last week. It's still sitting uncompleted on my coffee table.
For several years I've been a committed Green Party member. After leaving the Liberals, Elizabeth May and the Greens were a good fit for me. Then this dilemma surfaced. I became a lot greener than the Green Party, federal or provincial. They became mired in conventional politics, taking positions that would have been commendable, even inspirational, in 1970 or 1980 but have lost the plot in 2020. The Green Party has pursued a marginalized relevance.
We are in a climate emergency. The world is in a climate emergency. Major change is imperative and time is fast running out. We are on a time table, an hour glass, that the Green Party's politics doesn't recognize. Canada doesn't need a scold in our legislatures. Canada needs a core of dedicated insurgents. People who will obstruct and derail. What the Extinction Rebellion is doing in the streets, what the Wetsueten are doing to defend their sovereign territory, Green Party MPs and MLAs should be doing in their respective legislatures. Otherwise, what is the point?
Life on Earth hangs in the balance. Act like it. Stand up. Speak out of turn. Get thrown out. Make them carry you out. Force their hand and drag them into the spotlight. You've only got a few people. How else are you going to effect change?
With that frame of mind, here are the options for voters in Parksville-Qualicum Beach. Michelle Stil well, the incumbent Liberal, whose claim to fame is/was a successful 16-year career as a wheelchair athlete winning a bag full of gold medals in paralympic games. A favourite of Christy Clark, Stilwell took 45% of the vote in 2017.
The NDP candidate is a town councillor from Qualicum Beach. Seems a nice enough guy but I can't abide his party's support for the Site C dam or every LNG venture that comes along.
So what about the Greens? Like Erin O'Toole, the Greens have a career military officer, a retired RCN weapons systems controller. He seemed okay until I came to the line where he described himself as a life-long "staunch Conservative." He hints that he might have had an epiphany but stops well short of saying as much.
So, the Green candidate doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell and he's is or until last week was a "staunch Conservative." No, I don't think so. The NDP candidate is a nice enough guy but I can't get past Horgan's Site C and LNG policies. And the Liberals? I could write pages why I would sooner have a nail torn out than vote for those bastards.
So there it is. I can't vote for any of them. I'll mail in my ballot, suitably voided.