‘For the first time ever, the Green party of Canada has written a campaign plan that is fully detailed’

by Aaron Wherry

And on the off chance that’s enough for you to take Elizabeth May seriously now, there’s more.

To upgrade her standing as a federal candidate May has been addressing other non-environmental issues by filing releases on her website, commenting on issues like Wafer-gate — when a New Brunswick newspaper alleged the prime minister slid a communion wafer into his pocket during a memorial service for a former governor general, in June.

Harper maintained that he ate the wafer, and the newspaper that ran the story has since retracted it and apologized, but not before May weighed in on the issue. While it might have been a matter of little interest to Green voters focused on environmental issues, Carr said it’s important that the party shows they aren’t a one-song band.

“Comments have to be made, and Elizabeth is great … she follows and tracks all the issues, and what’s really important is that people understand that the Green party is not a one-issue party, that we actually have comments and solutions to the full range of issues.”




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‘For the first time ever, the Green party of Canada has written a campaign plan that is fully detailed’

  1. Fully detailed, except where she'll run.

    Oh, the suspense is killing me: Bruce Grey Owen Sound, or Saanich Gulf Islands? I can hardly wait for the ITQ liveblog.

    Good find Aaron. Parry Sound.com story, and nary a mention of Bobby Orr.

  2. A Green Party campaign plan that is fully detailed will do nothing but split the NDP voters.

    Not that I'm complaining.

  3. Glad 2 see. Parties need to cover more than one issue.

  4. GPC fully deatiled election plan:

    1. Obtain tricycle back from Rick Mercer
    2. Install large flyer basket on front.
    3. Put knobby off road ties for logging roads, Saltspring Island
    4. Cross country railway tour taking tricycle from Halifax to Vancouver
    5. Fly back for dinner with Dad, Sydney, Cape Breton iland, Labour day
    6. Fly to Victoria, lunch with Saanich times reporter
    7. Debate with Anne Maclellan, Edmonton
    8. Host Bingo night meet and greet, Ganges

  5. So emay is commenting on vital issues like wafergate.

    The issue was a joke and so is emay

  6. "Comments have to be made…"

    On the friggin' WAFER? Good grief…

    • Um, that's the body of Christ you're swearing in the general vicinity of.

      • I don't think even Jesus considers "friggin'" a swear word.

        • I'm torn. On the one hand, I could go with: You don't think He does, or you KNOW He doesn't? It's the chance you take, LKO, but remember: Heaven doesn't have to let you in.

          OR, I could go with:

          No, Jesus probably doesn't consider it a swear, but He should. All that love and forgiveness business makes him look unprincipled and soft on crime.

          • Isn't telling Jesus what he should or should not be thinking also a no-no? Looks like LKO & I might have a little extra company on the outside of them gates, looking in…

          • You're joking, right? I've totally been making maximum contributions on my indulgences for the past two decades, and I'm on the List already. But I'll tell you what, you guys seem alright. Once I'm in, I'll talk to a guy I know. No promises, but I'll see what I can do.

  7. June

  8. I am laughing my head off right now.

    Anyone who thinks that commenting as May did on the 'wafergate' thing will improve your standing as a politician needs to give their head a shake.

    She claims that because Harper didn't eat the wafer/host right there and then that he committed 'sacrilege'. Which isn't true in the first place. But what I find sacrilegious is her standing at the pulpit of a church and declaring that her political opponents are worse than Nazi appeasers and then when cornered on the topic doubling down and saying that they are like Nazi sympathizers.

    She stood up at the front of the church as a 'pastor' to speak on behalf of God and to teach God's Word but instead of using the opportunity to demonstrate Christian love and tolerance she preached hatred and division. Her screed that day even included attacking evangelicals as wanting to bring about the end of the world, promoting division within the church.

    So I won't take any lessons from May as to what is 'sacrilegious' or not.

    • Breathtaking, isn't it?

  9. I wonder if it's occurred to May that she might be taken more seriously if she refrained from commenting on things like Wafergate.

  10. I wonder if it's occurred to May that she might be taken more seriously if she refrained from commenting on things like Wafergate.

    Paul Wells's "Raittgate": 9,980 Google hits

    "Wafergate": 52, 900 Google hits.

    Victory is mine!

    • CR, I congratulate you on being able to start a meme! Compared to the amount of information that flows through the web, only a number ascend into the higher echelons of memehood (or should I say memetics?). At the same time, I am a little disconcerted not because you managed to coin a term, but rather, that a situation involving a communion wafer garnered more internet attention than one involving departmental incompetence.

      But I still say relish in your victory. With powers of an adroit wordsmith, a media, PR or marketing company could be knocking on your door in the future. :)

      • Thanks, jkg!

  11. Ah. So THAT's what everybody means by "pay it forward" …

  12. That article Aaron references is a joke though. Who wrote that?

    It says:
    "In the recent election, the Greens gobbled up votes, bringing them closer to parity with the New Democratic Party, but still failed to secure that all-important first seat in the House of Commons."

    Oh yeah, the Greens are really 'closer to parity' with the NDP. NDP vote% = 18.2% (+0.7) Green vote %: 6.8 (+2.30). With that logic one could say "The Greens advanced across the board, closing in rapidly on the Liberal party in terms of popular vote." and be just as accurate. I mean after all, the gap between the Greens and Liberals closed by something like 7% points.

    • The Greens are notorious for last minute strategic voting.

      The BC NDP took what they thought was an opportunistic stance opposing a carbon tax. The Greens essentially punished the NDP and moved their support to the Liberals.

      The recent EKOS poll show the NDP is behind the Greens in Alberta, Calgary, and Toronto. This may result in returning the one NDP Alberta seat back to the Conservatives, and it will secure many Toronto seats for the Liberals.

      They may even encourage a nation-wide vote swap to get May a seat, and reduce the amount of support for Harper (Liberals will benefit far more than the NDP).

      If I was in the NDP camp, I would be desperate to talk to the Greens. Too bad Layton is so stubborn. Did he ever honour that "Dinner with Olivia & himself " auction that Elizabeth May won?

      • Or the pollsters have trouble correctly gauging the actual Green vote %.

        Whenever an election is held we are always surprised one way or another by the actual vote when comparing it to the polls. The CPC is higher/lower than expected, the Green Party is lower than expected, the Liberal party is higher/lower than the polls indicated, blah blah blah.

        Maybe the polls were sampling high in the margin of error or maybe there is a systematic error because of sampling methods.

        Nonetheless, my point remains. The NDP had three times the support that the Greens had, they are no where near 'parity'.

  13. Not sure it was really fair given Wells only had audio to work with. However, on second thought he did have that sexy thing going for him so congrats.

  14. This may be the funniest article I've read all year long.

  15. Had it occurred to anyone that it was important for her to comment on "wafergate" because SHE IS STUDYING THEOLOGY AT SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY and is a DEVOUT CHRISTAIN?

    • Nope

    • Nope.

    • Nope.

  16. So what? As i pointed out above she's not above performing worse sacrilege by using the pulpit as her own political platform to demonize other Christians and her political opponents. And to wrap her comments concerning the Eucharist in a 'I-must-be-right-cuz-I-study-theology' and declare it sacrilegious because Harper did not eat the Eucharist at the moment he received it (read her actual entry on it – that's what she claims) is ridiculous. It is common practice among many Christians to take the Eucharist, sit down to pray and then eat it. Moreover, if she simply was making a theological discussion on the proper practice of using the Eucharist I didn't see any scripture listed in her references when she condemned Harper so vehemently.

    So it wasn't a theological discussion, it was a political one. The fact that she followed up her attack on Harper via 'wafergate' with an attack on his comment about reporters standing when he enters a room highlights the fact that she was making a political attack not a theological one.

  17. the problem with the green party is that it cannot fully be included in modern politics due to its emphasis on earth-oriented issues. only when citizens stand up against the pollution from industry and cars will the green party's platform make inroads.

  18. …and, blessed with Koby's enlightenment, it STILL does not occur to me that it is important for Ms. May to comment.

  19. It can be a good try to get into the picture again. If they get success to do it, They will be counted as front runner. Thanks for this article.

  20. Good find aaron! So it wasn't a theological discussion, it was a political one. The fact that she followed up her attack on Harper via 'wafergate' with an attack on his comment about reporters standing when he enters a room highlights the fact that she was making a political attack not a theological one.

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