Why cannot Canada’s green party get its act together? There has got to be something more important for that party to do than argue about who is being nice to whom? Elizabeth May is entitled to her retirement—such as it is! She is a tough act for anyone to follow. New leader Annamie Paul has got to stop her complaining and lead.
No doubt, she has more to say about where the greens would like to lead Canada. If nothing else, she can show Canadians where the other political parties are failing us. If I were her, I would go after the other parties like a buzz saw.
Start with the hypocritical liberals. As long as prime minister Justin Trudeau continues to twin the TransMountain pipeline—to potentially flood the Georgia Straits with bitumen from Alberta, that party is vulnerable. Every time Justin Trudeau poses as an environmentalist, his hypocrisy needs to be exposed.
But we also need to laugh occasionally and the conservative environmental plans are a good joke. The entire country needs to see the desperation of conservative leader Erin O’Toole—leading his party where no conservative has gone before. He will not have a carbon tax, when he can call it something else.
And you have to feel embarrassed for those new democrats. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has a heart-felt LEAP manifesto at his disposal and he has no idea what to do with it. That party also has no idea where it is going or how to get there. Tommy Douglas helped establish that party as the conscience of Canadian politics and about two leaders back, it somehow lost its way.
There is no need for Annamie Paul, as green leader, to expect anything more than a corporal’s guard of her party to get elected in the coming election. Even in politics, you should never make promises that you know you can never keep.
But you have a duty to the party to lead. You need to focus on what you can do. You have a voice. You have a clear objective. Be our environmental conscience. We desperately need you in that role.
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