Tease the day: Will anyone talk about the Green Party?

The Greens’ momentum might go unnoticed, victim to bad timing


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Elizabeth May’s had a pretty good week, and her Green Party may be nipping at the edges of sustained political success, but you’d hardly know it. It all started last week, when May won the Maclean’s award for Parliamentarian of the Year. That was no small feat, since the lone Green MP won support from all sides of the House of Commons on her way to winning. Last night, you might have noticed her team turning heads in two federal byelections. If you followed along on Twitter, you’d know that the Green candidate in Calgary Centre, Chris Turner, scored a strong third place and relegated the NDP to a distant fourth. You’d also know that Donald Galloway, the Greens’ man in Victoria, almost beat the NDP’s Murray Rankin—an outcome no one predicted. But short of an outright win, it was all almost inevitably for naught. This morning’s headlines were sewn up early yesterday, when Mark Carney announced his departure from the Bank of Canada and then Rob Ford was booted from the mayor’s office in Toronto. Combine that with late-night returns in Victoria that ran way past eastern print deadlines, and all that Green success fades into the night—save for the Victoria Times-Colonist, which fronted the close race.

The Times-Colonist made sure to note, by the way, what everyone in Ottawa would already have guessed: May, who was on the west coast last night, will be back at work in Ottawa today. She’ll likely be at her desk in the back corner of the House, mostly hidden from sight, where she usually spends her days. And so it goes.

What’s above the fold this morning?

The Globe and Mail leads with Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney’s eventual departure for a new job as Governor of the Bank of England. The National Post fronts the rise of Carney and fall of ousted Toronto mayor Rob Ford. The Toronto Star, not surprisingly, goes above the fold with Ford’s exit from the mayor’s office. The Ottawa Citizen leads with a hero shot of Carney at yesterday’s press conference. iPolitics fronts prominent Conservative Senator Doug Finley’s fight with cancer. National Newswatch showcases Calgary Herald columnist Don Braid‘s contention that Joan Crockatt’s win in the Calgary Centre byelection is a moral loss for the Conservatives.

Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. Green gains. Thanks to late-night byelection returns and a lack of any victory for the Green Party, its significant gains and impressive showing in two contests goes unnoticed in newspapers. 2. Childcare investment. The TD Bank says federal and provincial governments should invest heavily in child care, because it helps kids immensely throughout their lives.
3. Cooperation. Vancouver MP Joyce Murray entered her party’s leadership race on a platform that borrows NDP MP Nathan Cullen’s call for cooperation among non-Conseratives. 4. Challenger cuts. The feds are cutting four of six airplanes that cabinet ministers and senior bureaucrats have used to fly around on the public dime—often controversially.

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Tease the day: Will anyone talk about the Green Party?

  1. Well, the only thing that could have been worse than the NDP win in Victoria is to have a Green party win that by-election. Lordy, to have a double screech in the house of commons would have been unbearable. Thank you Victoria.

    • Good one, Norman. You’ve really brought something to the conversation.

  2. The biggest missing story is the fact that Mulcair is a drag on the NDP outside of Quebec. The Orange Crush has just been found out to be a sugar ladden kid’s treat that is not worth drinking.

  3. “May, who was on the west coast last night, will be back at work in Ottawa today.”

    That’s refreshing to hear…….

    .maybe Trudeau who’s been on the road since parliament started in September

    could take a lesson from May.

  4. I’ll vote Green just as soon as May fully explains to Canadians that a carbon tax increases the cost to produce other forms of energy, which means a better bottom line for the executives of big oil.

    • Please explain your statement, I’m curious as to what you mean about costs to other forms of energy.

      • The cost increase is beneficial to currently established carbon emitters, namely it prevents new competitors from entering their markets. Unlike the already established carbon emitters who can afford to soak up the cost of another tax, new competitors in a market do not enjoy the same excess capital. The picture becomes more clear when we look at the currently established energy producers, namely coal and natural gas facilities. Current coal and natural gas-based power plants need not worry about carbon taxes because they will just forward the cost onto their customers, many of which are manufacturers.

  5. Good morning – the Greens have arrived and the media, including you Nick are paying attention. Some headlines – “Byelection shows Greens are strong”, “tight race with Greens”, “Green Party finish strong”.

  6. “it was all almost inevitably for not”

    That should be “for naught

    • Believe it or not, I actually wrote ‘naught’ before ‘not’, and deleted it. I’ll dutifully right this ship immediately. Thanks!

  7. When the Greens win 12 seats and became an official party, I’ll pay some attention to them.

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