We thought we knew you. You have disappointed us. When Canada needs you, where will you be? You are our green initiative. You are not the back of the hand from the conservatives. You are not the ‘by the way’ of the new democrats. You are not the hypocrisy of the Trudeau liberals. You are green.
Under the direction of your determined Elizabeth May, your party grew. You became a political party meeting a clear need in society and with a future. You were recognized for your concern for the environment.
Combined with the growing concern of our citizens over the frequent extremes of environmental phenomenon, we realized the cruelty of the gathering storm. It is the realization that Mother Nature is pissed with us humans.
We thought your party had the direction to safety. Obviously, you do not. You wore out your leader Elizabeth May. You sought new leadership. You used preferential balloting in a large field of candidates. You drilled down in the count to the compromise of the second choice of most party members. You chose compromise with a compromised leader. You chose to challenge.
But it was not your membership that is displeased. It is your executive. You gave them a difficult relationship. You challenged them. Your new leader challenged them. Both sides were bruised in the ensuing battles. Nobody has stepped forward to compromise. When there is no compromise, reason is too often the softest voice. You have to listen for it.
Your new leader had her dukes up from day one. This is not a person who compromises. She wants a liberal stronghold in Toronto for her electoral district. She wants to keep running up against that wall of liberal red. If you were Jewish and black and female, you too would be a fighter. You would have the guilt of the Hebrews, the fear of persecution for being black and the weaknesses of the female challenging a male world. What she really needed was more of the chutzpah of the Jewish diaspora, the strength of the black and the wiles of a woman.
But she lacks understanding of her role. She is untrained in the ways of politicians. She lacks the ability to lead. She is fighting windmills. Too bad.
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