Granted, it’s not actually official yet… but I feel safe to yell from the rooftop:
CANADA HAS OUR FIRST ELECTED GREEN MP!!!!!!
I’ve actually had to stop watching the numbers roll in. Every poll counted has E.May’s lead increasing. It started with only 20 votes, and now is hovering around the 1000 mark. Every poll forced new tears to spring from my eyes. I am sooo very proud to be a part of this moment in Canadian history.
Elizabeth May in Parliament!!! What does that mean? It means we finally have a voice. After years, and years, and years of fighting, of not being heard, of being dismissed, we finally have a voice. A holistic voice in parliament. A voice of reason, that understands how all systems are connected. How the environment and the economy are not separate issues, but one and the same. How we can not forge ahead with one at the expense of the other.
To truly have a voice? I’m not really sure what it will mean. But I do know that it’s only the start. Today was something we have fought long and hard to see. And it really is only the start. So very much work to be done, but I know that Elizabeth is up for the task. I know she will fight for us, and ensure that we are heard. She is a strong, smart, well-spoken woman… and I know she is ready for all this means.
Today, as I always have been, I am proud to be GREEN!
Because of my recent problems with the Green Party of Canada (and the reason I am not running this election – SEE HERE) I have had to seriously look at my options. Voting Green was not the no-brainer that it typically is for me. Do I support the party who’s organizer treated me so shabbily? Do I support them despite this egregious error?
The way I was treated seriously made me fear for the future of the Green Party here in Canada. What makes the Greens different is that the party treats every voice the same, gives every person a say. They have always been a grassroots political party. But the way I was treated made me wonder if this is still true for the GPC… because clearly I don’t matter to the party. Elizabeth May took the time to listen, and to care, but as a figurehead she has little input into how the party is run (which is as it should be).
In the end, what has brought me back to the national Greens, is this: The principles the party was founded on are still the same principles I believe in. Every Green Party in the world bases policy on these same six principles, and no other Canadian party can say the same. I believe in the principles of the Green Party. Regardless of anything else, I must vote with my principles.
Respect for Diversity
While I am disappointed in how I was treated, and how the local candidates all appear to be running completely non-visible campaigns… my devotion to these principles is still the same as it has always been. So come May 2nd, I will be voting Green. My support for the GPC may be wavering, but I am still a Green (both as a politician and activist).
Okay… so the girlie is almost over the chicken pox. She still has spots, but they are healing. She doesn’t have the virus any longer. She’s not sick. She just has some spots that still need to heal. I’m still keeping her home from pre-k, there’s only one day left until Easter break anyway. BUT she’s got some serious cabin fever, and so do I. So we went out. Not far, and not really in public anywhere.
We went to see my Mom. She’s heading out of town tomorrow, and will be gone all weekend. She and Lily-Ann are really close, and they haven’t seen one another since Saturday. Figured we better head over for a visit before she leaves town. 🙂 Because if we didn’t, that would just be too long to keep them apart.
Afterwards we were outside at our place. The girlie was still needing to blow off a little steam, so was running up and down the sidewalk. One of the moms who was also outside looked at her like Lily had the plague. I mentioned, casually, that she doesn’t have the virus any more… just has spots left that still need to clear up. Just the same, she looked awfully relieved when we were a few houses away. LOL Oh well.
I also had a nice chance to chat with Mark (or Marc, not sure on the spelling) our neighbour. With me being on lock down with the girl I haven’t seen him in a little while. The two of us usually have great conversations. Him having been formerly involved in a life political, and me being involved in the same. We both agreed that the current national election has us shaking our heads. While we may pull for different teams, he and I generally see eye to eye on the giant deficits our country and province face in terms of the broken electoral system. Without reform there’s really not much point. But we’ll both continue encouraging people to get out and vote. Because if we don’t participate, what is already broken becomes devastatingly so.