In all the time that I’ve been out meeting my constituents, I don’t think I’ve met a single person who truly dislikes what the Green Party stands for. I’ve met one person who thinks that we are grossly mistaken about how to care for the environment. I’ve met a small number who question the science of climate change. I’ve met a similarly small handful of people who expressed doubts at the Green Party’s readiness for government. I’ve encountered a small minority dedicated to one particular party or another who I haven’t questioned about the reasons for their loyalty. And I’ve met a significant number who either oppose the Green Party or suspect they might vote for another party for strategic reasons, even though they are often at pains to insist that they really support the Green Party, want us in Parliament and wish us luck.
A number of my supporters accompanying me have made the same observation I have: If every person in Toronto-Danforth who said that in his heart he supported the Green Party actually voted Green, I would be sent to Parliament not by a small margin, but by a landslide.
Some of these people ask me to give them my best argument for voting Green, given that it’s very challenging for me to win and even less likely that the Greens will have significant sway in Parliament. Here’s what I say: Read more »