Is it time for the Greens to shine?
Recent elections indicate we are ready for a new kind of politics
When I was in university, I was a campaign agent for a friend running in a federal election for the Green Party of Canada. Back then, it was a pretty ragtag group with a pretty ragtag structure and it was not always easy to find viable candidates. Things have changed. It only took a climate crisis and the possible end of humanity, but the Green Party has arrived.
The Greens now have a newly elected federal MP, joining leader Elizabeth May in Ottawa, and Green MPP Mike Schreiner at Queen’s Park. They are holding the balance of power in British Columbia, and the Greens are the official opposition on Prince Edward Island following its recent provincial election.
The party seems to be the only one that is trending in the right direction. Last month, it was announced that the federal government is redrawing flood mapping. Soon, local residents could be faced with increased insurance rates and the potential for a dampening of home prices. And that’s just the beginning.
Once the climate crisis starts hitting people where it hurts, where they live, the ball will finally start rolling downhill. The old tipping point that Toronto native Malcolm Gladwell has mentioned.
The thing that might be appealling to people about Greens is the way they seem to do politics. It’s different from the status quo. It’s about being positive, being proactive and working collaboratively.
And once people get exposed to the Greens, it could go very well indeed as people could see it as a breath of fresh air in an otherwise insufferable political landscape.
People are tired of the divisive nature of politics in this country (and elsewhere) that has taken hold over the last few years. It’s fuelled by negativity and hate. There is no middle ground. And it has to stop.
With the climate crisis in full view and a Green New Deal framing the debate south of the border, and now in Canada as well, every major party gearing up for this year’s federal election is scrambling to get their environmental ducks in a row.
Not the Greens. They’ve always been there.
And now could be their time to shine.
In Ontario, we know a thing or two about the politics of division, especially given our own government is using our tax dollars to take the federal government to court over a policy designed to deal with the climate crisis.
It’s early days, but no matter what your political stripe, the focus on the climate crisis should continue so for once we can have all federal parties engaging in a healthy and productive debate on this crucial issue.
Green Party leader Elizabeth May