If you had been trying to “follow” the Green Party in the media over the last 3 weeks you would have found it very difficult. The coverage has been, at best minimal and at worst, totally non-existant.
Some may say that the blame lies in the media establishment, and I’m sure there is an element of that, however, if the Green Party and Jim Harris want to make their voices heard, then maybe they should first try TALKING A LITTLE LOUDER!
In my riding, I have yet to see a Green Party sign or banner. Indeed, if I didn’t, by coincidence, happen to have a friend how is active in with the Green Party in my riding, I doubt I’d even know who the current candidate is.
There was talk last week about “infighting” with the Green Party ranks and while there is certainly some of that going on, the level of disruption it is causing is, I think being somewhat overblown by the media. They suggest that this sort of infighting is somehow unique to the Green Party, when we have the well publicized feuds within the Conservative and Liberal parties to compare against.
THe difference might be, though, that the Green Party, because of it’s new found public wealth is having some growing pains. Perhaps that $1 million isn’t quite flowing to where it should be going. One of the appeals of the Greens has always been that it was a truly community minded party… focused on sustainable, community living. Well, if all the money is being tied up by the party leadership under Jim Harris then doesn’t that go against some of the principals of the party?
Yesterday the Greens were in the news as Jim Harris went to the heart of the oilpatch (and the center of much of his parties strength last election) to deliver his energy platform. It was carried well in the major news outlets.. but that is also the first time Harris and the Greens were mentioned in nearly a week.. that just isn’t good enough.
My point is this, if the Green Party wants to do better in this election than in the last then they had better start raising their profile. TV Commercials and radio ads are nice, but can be very expensive. They need to start with the basics. Get some Green Party signs out there! Extend a goal to the riding associations to make sure their candidate is in the local papers at least 3 times EVERY WEEK. Jim Harris should be on the news or in the national papers at least 2 to 3 times a week from now until the end of the campaign. No doubt, these are ambitious goals, but if something is going to come of all the griping by the Greens for coverage, a lot of that work is going to have to be done by the Greens itself.