I am sympathetic to certain objectives of Green Party members. In BC, provincial Greens aim to move rapidly from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy. That is more progressive than policies of competing BC parties. But the Greens are less clear about social and economic reforms, particularly on national issues not protective of the environment.
Green Party of Canada leader May has not ruled out a coalition with Conservatives after the October election.
My response to Ms. May:
Nobody asks you to avoid talking to other parties. But many would like for you to say unequivocally you will not support any party tolerating racists and climate crisis deniers. It’s shouldn’t be that hard. I wonder why you don’t say it.
People worry that GPC won’t repudiate a party with ties to Rebel Media and tolerance for alt-right hate movements and climate change deniers. To accuse us of not understanding how parliamentary democracy works is arrogant and disrespectful.
The Green leader implies willingness to align with Andrew Scheer and his associates. In February, Andrew Scheer spoke on Parliament Hill to a small collection of oil biz promoters and yellow-vest protesters, “We’ve got your back, we are standing with you.”
Some of those people are tied to white supremacists, Nazi sympathizers and goofs who appear at political rallies dressed like this.
Conservative Party of Canada tolerates climate change deniers, alt-right racists, healthcare privatizers and groups that oppose women’s rights. It is the party that broke election laws, employed foreign political telemarketers and is accused of using robocalling to send voters to the wrong polling stations. It’s also home to bizarre Senators like this one:
If the Green Party of Canada truly wants to do politics differently, it’s time to state clearly whether or not they will support Harper-style extremism, and worse.
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