Green and growing

My story about being a Green politician in Canada, and why it was the best thing I ever did.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue

In the dying moments of the 3,706th day of the 21st century, we watched two young skaters create a magical moment on their way to winning the Olympic Gold Medal in the Ice Dance Figure Skating. I was captivated by the tale they told with their movement, with their eyes, with their incredible ability. After they finished, I turned to Carol to see that she was softly crying, overcome by the beauty of their performance. It is a good day to live in Ilderton, in Canada, but mostly, it is a great honour to be able to see Scott and Tessa skate so beautifully. Thank you both for sharing these moments with us!

Accidental Deliberations

I have added Accidental Deliberations to my link list on the right side of my blog page. I do not do this lightly. I have read many posts from this website, and I believe that AD provides an interesting and leading edge view to the news that emerges about Canadian politics.

Thanks, Accidental Deliberations, for doing what you do!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

On expectations

(cross-posted at .. originally a response to a post about recent seat projections showing 2 Green seats in Ontario)

If the Green Party continues to climb in popularity and voter first preference, then there will eventually be Green MPs. That is a mathematical certainty.

However, I believe that we do ourselves a disservice every time we say that we will elect MPs in the next election, or worse, that we must elect MPs in order to remain viable as a political party. The reason for this is that the first is not necessarily true, and the second is clearly false.

I am profoundly guilty of promoting the first point of view in the past. I believed that by being optimistic, I created a sense of vision and momentum and made the realization of the dream more possible. Instead, I now believe that my credibility comes from being true to my word, rather than being unrealistic. To me, this means that we run to win in every campaign, but without making the promise of winning, a promise that is fulfilled only by the voters.

I post this because I have become concerned that people inside and outside the party are beginning to believe that the second statement is true, that is, we must elect MPs in the next election. I think this is patent nonsense. If we do, great .. good for us. But if we don't, we are not going to disappear. We are not going to stop trying. We will get back to work doing what we have always done .. a process that has gotten us this far, and will continue to develop support for us, as more and more people come to understand that the status quo in Canadian politics is simply too dysfunctional to keep propped up.

So, back to the point of your original post, Matthew, I would suggest that you can use the polls to show that things are changing, because some people will not change unless they see that others are changing too. Just don't make any promises about electability. Remember, that Kim Campbell's Progressive Conservatives were leading in the polls in 1993, and the election moved them from 169 seats (22 more than a majority) down to 2. The outcome of the election is in the hearts and minds of the voters.