The leader of the green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May, believes that his party could cause a surprise in the next federal election, envisaging even a “green wave”, which could resemble the orange wave that had propelled the NDP of Jack Layton in the benches of the official opposition in 2011.
“I’m confident out of the next election with a good caucus of deputies at my side,” said Mrs. May, in an interview with The Sun. In Quebec city, she met her supporters at the local brewery, The Koriganne. “Everyone had been surprised by the success of Mr. Layton in 2011. Me, I think that this year, a green wave is possible. Absolutely!”
“I have no concern because there is no personality polarizing as Stephen Harper this year, many are disappointed in the broken promises of Trudeau, that the people’s Party of Maxime Bernier will split the right, and the NDP has lost a lot of support,” she continued, adding that the scores, in the elections of 2015, gave the green Party in a strong position up until the last week before the election.
“At the last minute, several electors who had pledged to vote green voted liberal out of fear that Mr. Harper remains in power. It is a strategy that has been effective for the liberals and the NDP are telling voters not to vote green,” said Ms. May, who believes that his party lost up to half of its support in this last week before the vote.
“Currently, we have the wind in the sails. Our funding is good, we have the investitures challenged,” says the one who expects not to be alone of his party in Ottawa next fall. It must be said that the green Party is more represented in the provincial legislature. “The Greens have the balance of power in British Columbia, three members of the New Brunswick, two in Prince Edward island and one in Ontario. The most recent polls place us even to the door of power to the Île-du-Prince-Édouard,” said Ms. May.
The leader of the green Party of Canada is, however, aware that the slope will be more difficult to move up in Quebec, where the green Party do not harvest for only 1,68% of the votes at the provincial level. “I believe that the popularity of the Bloc québécois and the NDP we had harmed in the past, but Quebecers are a people green and eco-friendly, then I believe it is our time,” she continued, seeing in support for Québec solidaire, and even the Coalition avenir Québec, an encouraging factor for his party.
“We’re closer to Québec solidaire, but, even if we don’t have the same values as the CAQ, it’s good to see that Quebecers are ready for something new. The liberal Party, the conservative Party and the NDP are not the party of the future. This is why we need to elect mps green!”, she argues.
Not a single cause
Ms. May takes good care of remember that the green Party is not the party of the environmental cause. “Don’t forget that we are the first party that proposed to legalize gay marriage, legalize cannabis, to implement a drug coverage universal, and the first to propose the formula of the guaranteed minimum income! Many of the parties we borrow our ideas, but we, as Greens, our responsibility is to have innovative ideas. This is not enough for us to repeat the same old ideas.”
In spite of everything, Elizabeth identifies, of course, the record of climate change as the greatest challenge for Canadians. “It is necessary for Canada to take leadership in the world in terms of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The targets of Mr. Trudeau are the same as Mr. Harper. The aim should be the target of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC). And Canada should do with the fossil energy that he has made with asbestos, that is to say, get rid of it.”
The green Party has established the ambitious target of eliminating the cars that ran on gasoline for a car fleet fully electric by 2030. “The canadian government, which is the biggest buyer, is expected to lead by example. If he bought that electric cars, it would make a difference on the price!”
Elizabeth May is also a supporter of a balanced budget. “We don’t like the idea of a deficit that grows larger each year, but we are not in favour of cuts in government programs. It is necessary to live within our ecological limits and economic. It is for this reason that we favor an increase in taxes on the profits of large global companies and a tax increase of the richest taxpayers,” she concludes.
A WEDDING ON THE DAY OF THE EARTH
After that Elizabeth May has announced on 27 November, his engagement with her husband, John Kidder, the couple convolera fair wedding on Monday 22 April. The choice of the date is not trivial for these two environmental activists for a long time since it is Earth Day.
“Yes, it is true, we’re getting married on April 22 in Victoria,” said the politician in an interview with The Sun. John Kidder, who is the brother of the deceased actress Margot Kidder (Lois Lane of the film “Superman” of the years ’70 and ’80) was accompanied by Ms. May on her tour of Québec as it does also elsewhere in Canada.
Aged 71 years, Mr. Kidder has a farm of hops and is one of the founders of the green Party of British Columbia. He had been a candidate of the liberal Party of Canada in 2011 in the riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla, and for the green Party of British Columbia in 2013 in the riding of Fraser-Nicola. It is also there that he met his future wife, who had went to give him a helping hand in his campaign. It is, however, that the fall of last year that the two began dating.
Elizabeth May has already a daughter from a previous union with Ian Burton. Victoria Cate May Burton had also been a green Party candidate in Berthier-Maskinongé in 2015, while it had lost against the new democrat mp outbound Ruth-Ellen Brosseau.