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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mike Nagy for Green Party Leader! Part II

What's this? Elizabeth May is calling for a cross-party coalition for the next election between the Greens, the Liberals, the NDP, and even the Bloc.

But recently defeated Guelph Green candidate Mike Nagy disagrees... and even subtly says that some of the blame for his loss on Tuesday was a direct result of May's last minute call for "strategic-voting".
May calls for a cross-party coalition
Leader wants an opposition partnership next time to conquer system in which Harper regained power
Oct 16, 2008 04:30 AM
Sandro Contenta
Staff reporter

NEW GLASGOW, N.S.–Green Leader Elizabeth May has called for a cross-party coalition to stop a Conservative victory when the next election comes around.

May, whose party emerged from the election with a $2 million debt, said a coalition would overcome a "perverse" electoral system that gave the Conservatives a stronger minority government.

At least one leading Green was disappointed. Mike Nagy, who came in third in Guelph, blamed calls for strategic voting for a drop in party support on voting day.

"Elizabeth May called for it on some occasions but the party itself was not calling for strategic voting," Nagy said in an interview.

It's the kind of disgruntlement that could see May facing questions about her leadership.

May once stated she would rather see no Green MPs and the Conservatives out of power than a full caucus with Harper as prime minister.

Nagy, the party's environment critic, also made clear he doesn't back May's call for an anti-Conservative coalition.

"I believe you promote Green values and you get Greens elected to Parliament. It's not about trying to stop one party," he said. "There has to be some serious discussion in the party so that we are not compromising our votes for the sake of other parties."

Greens spent $4 million on the campaign. May said she'll spend the next few months raising donations to reduce the party's debt. And she wants to use the almost $2 per vote the party will receive under federal election laws to build a party "machine" for the next election.

She ended with a rousing defence of Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion.

"I think we may very well in the future describe him as the best prime minister we never had."
I guess the really big question is, when will the Greens finally dump their future Liberal Senator-in-waiting leader, Elizabeth May?

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5 Comments:

  • At Thu. Oct. 16, 04:08:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When will the Greens dump Elizabeth May ?

    Tomorrow, if they have any sense.

     
  • At Thu. Oct. 16, 06:01:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    William says...

    Ms May is a socialist/liberal who pretends to be green.She is a mole for the Liberals who has effectivly hijacked the green party and movement, like all socialist hijackings, the green movement has/will become all about social justice instead of the original objective.

    Real greens should oust Ms May and get back on track.

    Carry On...

     
  • At Thu. Oct. 16, 06:45:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Rileysowner said…

    They should have ousted her before she was even voted in as the Green leader. I find her rhetoric is almost always inflammatory, seemingly designed to offend groups from Jews to Christians. Her constant push has been to not offer an alternative to the existing parties with the Green Party, but to be an advocate for the Liberal. With all that in mind if the Green's don't replace her, I would advocate not allowing them a seat at the debates (as much as they are a waste of time anyway) since she is just another Liberal in Green clothing.

    BTW, what world is she living is where Stephan Dion is PM? My guess is he will not survive as the leader of the Liberals much more than a year or so, if that long. Anyway the best PM we never had position has already been taken by . . . Preston Manning. I would have loved to see him as PM even one term.

     
  • At Thu. Oct. 16, 07:06:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Lizzie (Borden) May should take her hatchet-job routine back to her Homeland of the USA and take Miller and Judy Rebbick with her.

    If that was the best canada can do to provide a Green-Candidate in a Federal Election , then we're in big trouble since the CBC also has Failed-American's on salary that spew hatred at our Non-Liberal Politicians as if the average canadian is a slack-jawed moron that hasn't drank the Cool-aid yet.

     
  • At Fri. Oct. 17, 09:29:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger greyburr said…

    May calls for a cross-party coalition
    Leader wants an opposition partnership next time ....

    Since when did the greens become part of the opposition ? The arrogance of this liberal surrogate is unbelieveable.As long as may is the leader of the greens they will never be more than a fringe party manipulated by the liberals with mays blessing.

    Emaygoaway

     

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