As we approach election day on March 17th, some people I talk to want to be reassured that their vote is going to go towards a successful party with momentum. Well, it is.
The [federal] Green party, which has never elected an MP, rose to 13 per cent nationally and was actually a point ahead of the NDP in Ontario â€” 18-17.
This confirms the positive signs we’re witnessing every day, and there’s still two weeks to go. Interesting how Bruce chooses to editorialize:
Bruce Anderson, the president of Harris-Decima, says the Green support may simply reflect voters parking their support in the absence of compelling alternatives.
Or, you know, they’ve decided that we are a compelling alternative. Just maybe. (Also, my campaign manager Jeff points out that “parking” isn’t the best metaphor to use when describing Green voters, though there are admittedly precious few comparable biking or transit-related options.)
Sorry for my lack of frequent posting over the past week. With a by-election call due by the end of the year (apparently Stephen Harper is the type to leave things to the last minute), my volunteers and I have been busy distributing a letter, from myself to citizens, door-to-door here in Toronto Centre. It’s been a very rewarding experience in a number of ways, not the least of which is the positive response we’ve been getting so far. For example, Kenn Chaplin, a former member of the local NDP executive, has publicly endorsed my campaign:
Whether or not hardcore partisans of the elected parties can imagine it â€“ and Iâ€™ve been with the New Democrats most of my thirty years of voting â€“ I like the Greensâ€™ self-styling as â€œfiscally responsible, socially progressiveâ€. Thatâ€™s not inconsistent with the evolution of the federal New Democrats and yet Iâ€™m feeling like I want to be part of something new.
Iâ€™ll be voting Green in Toronto Centre, for Chris Tindal, the partyâ€™s Democratic Reform Advocate…My decision to align myself with The Green Party of Canada is one which has grown on me and I have gone from being a card-carrying New Democrat of those thirty-odd years to an electronic card-carrying member of the Greens. (With most Canadians not bothering to even join a party, I admit to being an all-or-nothing sort of guy.)
Kenn joins a growing number of endorsers from across the old political spectrum, including a former Tory (meaning Progressive Conservative) provincial cabinet minister and a former director of communications for Pierre Trudeau. Plus, according to a poll done this week the Green Party is at 14% in Toronto, just one point behind the NDP. Given what’s been going on with the Conservatives in this riding, I wouldn’t be shocked if we’re actually ahead of them here, which would put us one point behind second place. And hey, we’re just getting started. It’s going to be an exciting campaign.
Their headline, not mine.
CTV.ca News Staff
The Conservatives and Liberals remain locked in a tight race but the Green Party has shown a slight boost in support, according to a new poll.
The latest Strategic Counsel survey, conducted between Dec. 6 and Dec. 9 for CTV and The Globe and Mail, found that neither the Conservatives nor the Liberals have managed to take a strong lead.
When respondents were asked who they would vote for, the results showed little difference from a few weeks ago (percentage-point change from a Nov. 12-13 poll in brackets):
- Conservatives: 32 per cent (-2)
- Liberals: 29 per cent (-2)
- NDP: 16 per cent (same)
- Green Party: 13 per cent (+5)
- Bloc Quebecois: 10 per cent (-1)
In other words, we remain the only party with momentum, and we’re pulling support from all of the status-quo parties. The regional breakdowns are also interesting to note. Check out the huge jump in the west, where we appear to have hit the Conservatives where it counts.
The Conservatives appear to be losing ground in Quebec and are now slightly trailing the Liberals, although the Bloc remains a dominant force (percentage-point change from a Nov. 12-13 poll in brackets):
- Bloc Quebecois: 40 per cent (-3)
- Liberals: 20 per cent (+4)
- Conservatives: 18 per cent (-7)
- NDP: 11 per cent (+3)
- Green Party: 11 per cent (+3)
The Liberals have fallen the same amount of percentage points in Ontario as the Conservatives have in Quebec, although they remain ahead of the other parties (percentage-point change from a Nov. 12-13 poll in brackets):
- Liberals: 37 per cent (-7)
- Conservatives: 33 per cent (+3)
- NDP: 17 per cent (same)
- Green Party: 13 per cent (+4)
Possibly hinting at voter displeasure with the government’s performance in Bali during the United Nations climate change conference, the Conservatives seem to have bled support to the Greens in the West (percentage-point change from a Nov. 12-13 poll in brackets):
- Conservatives: 41 per cent (-7)
- Liberals: 26 per cent (same)
- NDP: 17 per cent (-3)
- Green Party: 16 per cent (+10 per cent)
This is what happens when we let ourselves get drawn into overly-negative attack rhetoric that has more to do with political games than democratic progress. Let’s do our best to stick to the issues and stay positive.