I received a good response from many people on the unfortunately, it hasn’t resulted in much, YET.
This issue shouldn’t, can’t, won’t go away. With candidates in every riding in the nation, The Green Party is a truly national party. Would you like more proof of the Green Partys’ breakout from “Fringe” Status?
Just take a look at the parties last election results (click on the image to see a larger version)… more importantly, look at the results from the other “fringe” parties.
The Green Party of Canada is the only one of the “fringe” parties to get votes in every single Province and Territory in Canada.
Notice also that not every province had “independents” running… yet often, independents receive more attention than many major parties and certainly more than the Green party. In Quebec, the NDP received 158,000 and the Conservative party received 300,000 yet the Green Party received over 108 000 votes. That’s over 1/3 the number of Quebecers voting for the CPC, and 2/3 the number of Quebecers voting NDP. How can the Green Party be “fringe” when its’ polls are so close with 2 of the other “major” parties in the 2nd most populous province in Canada?
Across the country. The Green Party received at least 3% of the vote from every single province and territory. 6% in BC, but we’re all nuts out here… though, Alberta hit 6% as well. The “runner-up” for fringe party in those two provinces? The Marijuana party with 0.2% of the vote in both provinces. (FYI: The Mary-jane party beat out the Christian Heritage Party in both those provinces… does that mean Pot is more important than Religion? Ha… for another post perhaps.)
“Fringe” status goes to parties who can’t muster candidates in every province (BQ Exempt of course (mais oui!)).
“Fringe” status goes to parties who can only muster dozens of votes in an entire province.
“Fringe” status goes to parties who base their platform on singular ideals, rather than a comprehensive package.
So tell me again why the Green Party is classified as “fringe”?
It’s not about voting for the Greens… vote for whoever you like. But the numbers do not lie. The Green Party is no longer one of those parties where the candidate is just “that guy who lives down in tent in the trailer park. (no offense to those living in trailers or tents.)
This is a legitimate party that Canadians have put significant democratic muscle behind. Elections Canada has recognized that, it is time for the Establishment to recognize that as well.
So. Contact the Media.
Contact your local MP and other party candidates. Tell them you think the Green Party should be a *full* member of the elections process.
Tell the media. Every Hour, on the Hour, send an email, make a phone call. Do what needs to be done so that our democratic right, nay privilege in Canada is the best and most fulfilling that it can be. At the very least, do it because with Jim Harris at the debates, the other 4 parties will actually have to think on their feet to figure out what to say and respond to this guy. He’s an outsider. He shouldn’t be, not anymore.
Here’s the Contact information for the major media outlets:
Or web/email: http://www.cbc.ca/contact/index.jsp
Radio-Canada Nouvelles (news):
Phone: (416) 332-5000 (Ontario)
Phone: (204) 956-2025 (Manitoba)
Global National TV
And yes, I *will* continue to harp on this, until the Jim Harris steps foot in front of all Canadians at a national Debate, or when the Election ends, whichever comes first.