I've received around eight phone calls since yesterday urging me to vote for various candidates for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada. The party must maintain a list of those who haven't voted.
Yesterday I also received my write-in ballot for British Columbia's snap provincial election.
I think I may pass on both.
I'll still vote Green, federally at least. Provincially, I'm not so sure.
When I think of the Green Party what comes to mind is "that horse has left the barn." It's too little, too late. On the environment they're better than the Conservatives or the Liberals but that's faint praise. We're already at "Danger Perilous" but that hasn't translated into an effective response on any scale. Trudeau is still building his infernal pipeline. The Tories continue to pledge their fealty in perpetuity to the petro-state. Despite her Herculean efforts, Elizabeth May never managed to engineer a Green breakthrough. There is not, among the candidates to replace her, anyone of her calibre. The Canadian people just haven't bought into the party.
Provincially, the party is now led by Sonia Furstenau, a U. Vic. history grad and high school teacher. I can live with that. What I can't live with is the Green Party candidate in my riding, Rob Lyon, who proudly describes himself as a life long "staunch conservative." That guy ought to be running for the staunchly conservative B.C. Liberals but that spot is already taken. If that's the best option the Greens can present in my riding I might as well vote NDP in the hope they'll oust the "Liberal" incumbent.
I'm going to sit out this Green Party B.C. business until I can see some reason to support them again. As for the federal Green leadership, I'll leave that up to the many people who care about that far more than I.