The greens need to knock off the foolishness. And it is stupid. For the news media to be so malicious as to encourage non-elected people to report on inner-circle doings is less than honourable. For these people to talk to the media does not speak well for the calibre of the executive of the party.
And all this backbiting is hardly helping the green party. If there is an election this fall, the party will be lucky to hold the two seats it has left.
Indirectly, these blabbermouths on the green executive are helping the new democrats. They might enjoy the fake admiration of the news media but they are pushing people such as this writer, and others who lie to polls, to say they are supporting the NDP instead of the green party.
If you have ever wondered why those parties do so well in polls before an election, it is because of people who will not tell pollsters the truth. These spurious answers are called ‘parked votes.’ The green and new democratic parties are the convenient parking lots where your vote sits until needed on election day. Back when pollsters had real people calling to find out how you might vote, you were just as interested in who was paying for the survey and you might have told them the truth.
As it is, I’m sure my name in the liberal voter database in Ottawa must be ‘Mud.’ I have been telling the computers that call for the liberals that I am going to vote green.
I will have to change that now. Nobody would believe that many people would support a party in such disarray.
As it is, the greens really do have a complaint about their last leadership vote. It was done with preferential voting. It was only on the eighth round of counting that Annamie Paul emerged the winner. She had led the vote in six of the eight rounds—proving that she was actually the second choice of most of the green party voters.
You have to admire one aspect of the green party’s voting. They actually had a place on the ballot to vote for ‘None of these options.’ If I had a vote in that election, I might have made that choice.
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