Green Party

Two million three hundred and twenty-six thousand and six hundred and thirty-two Ontarians did not elect Doug Ford as premier. That’s how many voted for Conservative candidates on June 7. Fewer than twenty thousand voted for him. The only people who put Doug Ford into the premier’s office are, first of all, the 30,041 members of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario who voted for him in their leadership contest. That was 48.26% of the voting members. Christine Elliott got more votes than him, but didn’t win. The second level of responsibility goes to the 19,055 people in Etobicoke North who voted for him toRead More →

(03 July 2018) – Guelph is the most environmentally progressive community in Ontario. This must be true, because we are constantly told it is. We are told this because we made history by electing the first Ontario Green Party MPP. Ever. It looked for a while as though we’d have to wait four years to see if it is really true. That’s when the next provincial election will tell us if voters want to do it again. As it happens, we’ll get confirmation a lot sooner than that. We’ll know all about our environmental creds in October when we elect the next city council. FourRead More →

(08 June 2018) – We spent a week and a half in British Columbia and came home to Mike Harris redux. It doesn’t make sense that Ontario would do this to ourselves, but we did. We let Doug Ford trump us, and that’s that. We’ll have him for another four years by which time we’ll be wishing we’d never heard his name. The Green Party benefited from a weak set of other candidates in Guelph. In four years we’ll find out if, as Mike Schreiner said last night, the Green vote showed “what can happen when you vote for what you believe in.” It couldRead More →

(2018 April 14) – A fellow from the Green Party came knocking on my door last Thursday. He was canvassing for Mike Schreiner, their provincial leader and the Party’s candidate in Guelph for the coming provincial election. The Green Party has a way of parachuting its leaders into a riding they view as winnable. Then they shift resources from other campaigns to concentrate on the leader. They did it with Elizabeth May, finally landing her in British Columbia. I’m not sure where the idea came from, but there’s a belief that Guelph is the most environmentally conscious and committed place in Ontario. It’s nonsense, ofRead More →