Green Party in full bloom

Green Party in full bloom I feel compelled to add my voice to those who have already commented on Al Pope's piece on October 30 entitled Young Canadians Protest, Greens Grab Spotlight. Apparently a group of young people appeared in the House of Commons d

I feel compelled to add my voice to those who have already commented on Al Pope’s piece on October 30 entitled Young Canadians Protest, Greens Grab Spotlight.

Apparently a group of young people appeared in the House of Commons during question period to support Bill C-311, an NDP private members bill that would commit Canada to doing more to combat climate change.

Pope takes exception to Elizabeth May appearing on TV to comment on the issue.

He seems to feel that, since it was an NDP bill, it should be the NDP alone who are allowed to comment on the protest.

In his own words however, Pope claims that “NDP Leader Jack Layton seemed surprised to be interrupted while speaking on the floor.”

So why should it be only the NDP that comments on the protest?

Also, the media generally decide for themselves who to interview and which clips to air.

Elizabeth May did not ‘link herself’ to this story; the media linked her to it.

Pope also seems to see the Green Party as encroaching on NDP territory. He says, “How did the Greens get the idea that two parties working the climate change beat would be better than one?”

The Green Party was on the ‘climate change beat’ long before the NDP, and besides, it will take all of us working together to deal with this issue.

We need all the parties working the climate change beat.

This is not a game of keep-away; it is a life and death situation and partisan protectionism will only exacerbate the problem.

The Green Party is the grandmother of environmentally concerned parties. Their policies have reflected concern for the environment since the party’s inception.

The Green Party has always stood for environmental stewardship, concern for social justice and concern for fiscal responsibility, while the other parties seem to only support these things as far as it is politically expedient for them to do so.

This being the case, Green voters are not always those for whom the NDP is the second choice.

Those attracted to the Greens’ social policies might hold the Liberals as their second choice, while those attracted by the fiscal responsibility might consider the Conservatives their second choice.

If the Green Party did disband, you might find it of very little help to the NDP.

Pope’s suggestion the Green Party disband is especially ludicrous in light of the latest DataPath poll that puts the Green Party in second place federally here in the Yukon.

This poll puts the Greens at 23 per cent compared to the NDP at nine per cent.

I expect the Green percentage to rise even higher since in the past many people wanted to vote Green, but strategically voted for other parties. Now they no longer have that dilemma.

Now those people can vote for whom they most believe in and support a real contender at the same time.

Barry Durward

Whitehorse

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Calvin Delwisch poses for a photo inside his DIY sauna at Marsh Lake on Feb. 18.
Yukoners turning up the heat with unique DIY sauna builds

Do-it-yourselfers say a sauna built with salvaged materials is a great winter project

d
Wyatt’s World

Wyatt’s World for March 5, 2021.

g
Yukonomist: School competition ramps up in the Yukon

It’s common to see an upstart automaker trying to grab share from… Continue reading

The Yukon government responded to a petition calling the SCAN Act “draconian” on Feb. 19. (Yukon News file)
Yukon government accuses SCAN petitioner of mischaracterizing her eviction

A response to the Jan. 7 petition was filed to court on Feb. 19

City councillor Samson Hartland in Whitehorse on Dec. 3, 2018. Hartland has announced his plans to run for mayor in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillor sets sights on mayor’s chair

Hartland declares election plans

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Nurse Angie Bartelen at the Yukon Convention Centre Clinic in Whitehorse on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
State of emergency extended for another 90 days

“Now we’re in a situation where we see the finish line.”

The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Miner expresses frustration over town plan

Designation of claims changed to future planning

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been postponed indefinitely. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
2022 Arctic Winter Games postponed indefinitely

Wood Buffalo, Alta., Host Society committed to rescheduling at a later date

Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Bureau of Statistics reports rising rents for Yukoners, falling revenues for businesses

The bureau has published several reports on the rental market and businesses affected by COVID-19

Crews work to clear the South Klondike Highway after an avalanche earlier this week. (Submitted)
South Klondike Highway remains closed due to avalanches

Yukon Avalanche Association recommending backcountry recreators remain vigilant

RCMP Online Crime Reporting website in Whitehorse on March 5. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Whitehorse RCMP launch online crime reporting

Both a website and Whitehorse RCMP app are now available

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

A rendering of the Normandy Manor seniors housing facility. (Photo courtesy KBC Developments)
Work on seniors housing project moves forward

Funding announced for Normandy Manor

Most Read