In the last two elections in BC and in Canada, I have voted for the Green Party – not because I’m a member or have any loyalty per se, but because I have taken the time to read their policy and platform, compare it to that of the other parties and made the choice that theirs made the most sense, not just for me personally, or even just for the province or the nation – but for the planet.
We live in small world. We are far past the point where we can look at our back yard and say, “Well, that’s all there is.” We are all neighbours. What I do here affects what happens in Africa or Australia. We are all batting butterfly wings.
The Green Party cares about the environment and about people. No other party I have studied pays as much attention to fairness, equality, indigenous rights and the economy. Yes – the economy – because unlike the other parties that appear to care only about the nature of their coffers four years from just in time for the next election cycle, the Green Party cares about 10, 20 and even 30 years down the road.
But what spurred this on – this political rant? Oh hell – everything from Donald Trump to Trudeau’s broken promises – but mostly it started with Site C. John Horgan approved Site C when every indicator showed that he should not. He lied about economic consequences and those lies have been revealed time and again. And now he’s behaving like a Liberal toady of Christy Clark, heading off to Asia to court LNG. Really? Business as usual in BC. Broken promises and caving to big business for short-term gain. Profits in the pockets of foreign companies while taxpayers foot the bill. Who will pay for cut-rate electricity for LNG? You and me.
Who will pay for Site C, which, by the way, is proceeding so that we can give cheap power to LNG projects? You and I will pay huge rate increases while squashing innovation – solar, wind, geothermal – all killed by his massively fraudulent decision.
And so I can only say one thing – bring down the NDP! Please Andrew Weaver, Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen – on February 23, a no-confidence motion – bring down this government. There are Green caucus members who will say – no! We have to play politics! We can’t bring down this government before we achieve proportional representation and get rid of First Past the Post.
Yes – we have to – for several reasons. First, given how many promises the NDP have already broken, and given they insisted on a referendum on PR rather than simply enacting it as they could and should have, we have to be willfully blind not to recognize they won’t follow through. They will do everything in their power to stop PR.
But most importantly, The Green Party cannot risk doing anything that belies integrity. The Green Party must be the party that stands by its word, that stands for truth, honour, and integrity. It must be the party that does politics differently – that doesn’t play “politics” with politics.
It is because of people like John Horgan and Christy Clark that people are staying away from the polls – that people are pinching their noses before they vote, and that they are fed up with politics as usual.
The Green Party can succeed only if it restores faith in the voter, only if it stands firm, only if it actually does what it says it will do. It cannot shore up a corrupt, lying government. What will the outcome be of a snap election? It could be many things. Maybe there isn’t enough money in the coffers of the Green Party. Maybe PR isn’t in the cards. Maybe no one is really prepared.
But one thing that will happen – people will know that the Green Party has integrity and that perhaps, it is the only party that will stay true.
I hope so. I hope the Greens come through for us. If they do, they’ll have some extraordinarily strong and determined campaigners on their team. Me included.