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Elizabeth Evans May

Elizabeth May: Candid Politics

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Leading a federal party that doesn’t have a seat in the House of Commons must be a frustrating state of affairs for May. With years of failed policies and ignored warnings about climate change and environmental policies, May’s vision of a sustainable Canada is not in sync with the policies of today.

“If we cared as much about the climate crisis as we cared about intellectual property rights, we could have a global agreement with teeth that constrained every country in the world from dumping pollution for free into the global commons, which is our atmosphere,” said May on Saturday Mar. 14 as she sat down in CFMU with Other Side Radio host Maggie Hughes and myself, d uring her visit to Hamilton.


It has to be noted how ironic it is that someone who writes about the failures of a system does so after her own failure to enter that system. In a Liberal-free Central No va Scotia, she was only able to garner 32 per cent of the vote. While she has defended her position tirelessly, she has been outspoken for her distaste for the current administration.

“We’ve seen a demonization of government through a lot of Neo-Con language in the last couple decades so that you basically have someone like Stephen Harper running for Prime Minister while campaigning against government itself. And that was something that George Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Mike Harris ,” said May. Likening Harper to Bush, and playing to the Ontario crowd with Harris, it is obvious that May has no palate for the politics in Ottawa right now.


She tirelessly campaigns for a seat in a system that she thinks doesn’t work. She wants fair representation of the green vote, yet chooses to run in her home riding. The same confidence that solidifies her on the national stage acts as a muzzle to her ideas, and unfortunately, the Green Party.

It is unfortunate, to say the least, to watch someone brimming with ideas and solutions be held back by a system that she cannot control, or even gain any respect from. In addition to her own ideas, it seems that Elizabeth May has to do a balancing act as an environmentalist and politician. 

May said, “We’re imprisoned by our own sense of what we know. In our lifetime, we’ve never seen government really move into gear to do something for all of society.”

As Saturday’s interview unfolded, one could see her experience that sense of imprisonment. Without a federal voice, it seems as if her solution was to hit the pavement across Canada. It’s understandable why she feels such a strong distaste for the Harper government...

“When you have a Prime Minister in Canada who’s taken all the power unto himself, who pays no attention to his cabinet, who doesn’t have an effective watchdog in independent media, and where you have no effective checks or balances from any other arm of government… this is a time righ. now where democracy in dysfunctional in Canada,” May added. It is what can be seen as a clear example of the sense of imprisonment that she feels.



by Jeff Green

March 19, 2009



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