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Does Liz May really need this sort of hassle? Are these the battles the Greens should be fighting?

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NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 1st, 2009

GREEN ACTIVIST AUTHORISED TO RUN AGAINST ELIZABETH MAY

VICTORIA — Today the Green Party of Canada officially authorised grassroots activist Stuart Hertzog to stand as a nomination candidate against party leader Elizabeth May in Saanich-Gulf Islands.

“I’m pleased that the party’s Campaign Committee has bowed to the inevitable and allowed me to challenge their preferred candidate in Saanich-Gulf Islands,” Hertzog said today.

The federal Council of the Green Party of Canada had decided that it would make getting the party leader Elizabeth May elected as an MP the primary goal of its upcoming election strategy.

Hertzog believes that this policy not only is strategically short-sighted, it also goes against the party’s consitutionally-protected principle of Participatory Democracy, in which those most directly affected by an issue must have a vote in any decision about it.

“The party’s new and powerful Campaign Committee, on which Elizabeth May and her campaign manager John Fryer both sit, has devised and imposed self-serving and draconian rules on the party’s grassroots candidate nomination proces,” Herzog explained.

“These rules, the timing element of which the campaign Committee has now revised three times, give this central party committee total control of who can become a Green Party candidate.

“The Committee is also surreptitiously attempting to get all Green Party Electoral District Associations (EDAs) to adopt a modified constitution that removes the power of the EDAs to decide who shall be their candidate, and transfers it to themselves,” Hertzog continued.

Hertzog believes that this is not participatory democracy but the same type of ‘top-down,’ autocratic, political power game practiced by all the conventional political parties.

“In attempting to be just like all the other parties in the belief that this will get a single Green MP elected, the Green Party of Canada has thrown out its principles in its bid for power”, Hertzog
said.

“Using the kind of repressive, anti-democratic, manipulative politics that the Green Party was intended to oppose, will not change Canadian democracy by one iota,” Hertzog concluded.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Stuart Hertzog (250) 384-6507 stuart@greenpolitics.ca

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  1. What makes you think this isn't all a dog & pony show? Of course May wins, but this lets her show off her "respect for the democratic will of the Green Party members of this riding."

  2. "Does Liz May really need this sort of hassle? Are these the battles the Greens should be fighting?"

    Yes and yes. It is not about May and what she needs. If May can't easily defeat a grassroots activist she has no business being leader.

    No justice, no peace!

    • "If May can't easily defeat a grassroots activist she has no business being leader."

      I think the simple act of reading that sentence could cause the head of an extreme lefty to explode. :)

  3. Foolproof plan to get Elizabeth May into the House of Commons! The Green party should strike a temporary deal with both the Liberals and the NDP, with the following terms:

    1. The Liberals and NDP agree to withdraw their candidates from Saanich-Gulf Island.
    2. The Green Party agrees to withdraw its candidates from every other riding in the country.

  4. Foolproof plan to get Elizabeth May into the House of Commons! The Green party should strike a temporary deal with both the Liberals and the NDP, with the following terms:

    1. The LPC and NDP agree to withdraw their candidates from Saanich-Gulf Island.
    2. The Green Party agrees to withdraw its candidates from every other riding in the country.

    • I see one very major flaw with that plan, Crit. It substantially increases the chances of sending Elizabeth May to Parliament.

  5. What makes you think this isn't a climbdown negotiated to prevent her severe embarrassment in the general election? She can blame the riding association for her unfortunate lack of actually standing for office (in a context where half the local Greens themselves might campaign against her), while at the same time praising the concept of grassroots democracy generally.

  6. Elizabeth May's candidacy will be stronger and considered more valid by party members and the general voters if she wins a contested nomination rather than an uncontested one.

    • More to the point, May needs absolutely every vote she can get. She can't risk isolating someone (and their supporters) who would otherwise be a guaranteed vote.

  7. I hope Elizabeth May gets booted as the nominee for that riding, and she loses the subsequent leadership race.

    The Green Party was a better party before Elizabeth May and her progressive partisans purged the party. The Green Party could have been a big tent party devoted to environmental issues, with environmental activists from across the political spectrum. Now it's just a fringe party for people who think the NDP sold out to reactionaries and capitalists.

  8. The real risk to the GPC is not the wasted effort in a contested a nomination meeting (she'll easily win – he is simply making apoint and enjoying the platform he would otherwise never get), but the negative exposure of the underbelly of the GPC through national columnists like Potter. To which I say, it's about time, and keep it coming. May has taken the party way off to the left to lala land.

    • Lala is so-so. I await the churning echos of Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho!

      • Yeah, but this will eventually emerge (cue the guys in the polar bear and seal outfits):

        Who do we want? Lizzy! When do we want her? Now!
        [repeat ad nauseum]

        • I'll keep an eye on the New Glasgow real estate addies.