Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Pipe Dream is (Almost) Over for Lizzie May

Green leader concedes she can't win in Central Nova

In competing with former Liberal party leader Stephane Dion for the title of Canadian politics' greatest flip-flopper, Elizabeth May might finally have found the edge.

The leader of Canada's Green party has recently advised that she probably won't run against Conservative party deputy leader Peter MacKay in the next election. Despite previously stating she'd never run anywhere but Central Nova, May seems ready to move on to what she imagines may be greener pastures (pun intended).

It isn't as if it's any great shock. Not only has May already long been looking for another riding to run in, she had previously run in a by-election in London, Ontario.

It makes her insistence that she'd never, ever, eeeeeeever run anywhere other than Central Nova seem rather meaningless.

"I’m never running anywhere but Central Nova," May had insisted. "This is where I live and where I will always run."

Of course, this general meaninglessness is nothing new for Elizabeth May. The famed Red-Green coalition that May hatched with then-Liberal leader Stephane Dion wasn't based on any great principle. It was based on meaningless partisanship.

Certainly, May publicly espoused a desire to run against MacKay based on his party's environmental record. But considering that she was forming an alliance with a party and a leader with a worse environmental record than the Conservative party, it was impossible to take her seriously.

Even her claims to pretext were utterly meaningless.

Even May's decision to finally get (somewhat) realistic and look for a more potentially-fruitful riding to run in reflects her previous meaningless insistence that she's her party's greatest asset.

"The decision has been made that, for the next campaign, electing the leader is the top priority," May wrote to supporters. "I have agreed to run where the party decides the potential Green support is the strongest."

Even that May, as Green party leader, would decide that getting her elected is her party's top priority, is in itself utterly meaningless.

In the end, it isn't likely to manage much. Elizabeth May's dream of finding a riding in Canada where she can be elected is little more than a pipe dream. Nowhere in Canada is May likely to find a plurality of citizens willing to vote for a fringe political leader who so often insults the intelligence of Canadians.

It's simply a shame that the Green party -- an organization that very well could find a place of value within Canadian politics -- remains, and seemingly will remain, stuck with such a valueless and meaningless leader.

Other bloggers writing about this topic:

Calgary Grit - You May Be Seated

Mark Taylor - "There is Only One True Option"

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