The problem with the NDP

The NDP have now grown up into a mainstream, increasingly centrist party nickel-and-diming the poor for their vote and misleading on the environment.  I’m deeply disturbed by their success in Toronto-Danforth.

Over a week has passed since the night while I watched in horror as the Harper government got its majority coupled with the relatively minor shock of seeing the Green vote collapse in Toronto-Danforth despite the widely acknowledged strongest campaign we have ever had.

Nationally I am most concerned about a majority government which clearly caters to oil industry priorities.  In Toronto-Danforth specifically, I’m concerned about the success the NDP has had with convincing voters with timid and contradictory policies that will do little for climate change and will hurt the constituents the party has professed to care about in the past.  I ran a campaign promoting the positive aspects of the Green plan without challenging the obvious defects of NDP policies.  But it’s clear to me now that these need to be made explicit.

I had never expected to win in the NDP leader’s riding this time around, but I did hope for a strong Green vote to pressure Jack Layton and the NDP to improve their climate change policies and address some of the priorities of Green voters.  That didn’t happen, so I need people who care about the Green Party, the thousands who told me that they were considering voting Green, to help put the pressure on the NDP to get it right.

It’s time to stop mincing words.  The stakes are simply far too high.     Read more »

Underdog

Chris Kitching followed me along canvassing, and then wrote this article for CP24.com.  It uses my experience as a jumping off point to delve into the various motivations for underdog candidates.

Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu in TTC station

Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, the Green Party's candidate in Toronto-Danforth, speaks to a man while campaigning for votes at Pape Station recently. Mugnatto-Hamu is in a David vs. Goliath-like battle against the riding's incumbent MP, NDP leader Jack Layton. (CP24/Chris Kitching)

Going toe-to-toe with an incumbent is always a challenge. The task is even more daunting when the reigning MP has a star profile that rivals that of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

So, why are these so-called minnows bothering to invest so much time, energy and money in a short-lived campaign when a landslide defeat is likely?

For Mugnatto-Hamu, a Green Party candidate, she relishes the opportunity to push the agenda of an emerging political party and engage voters on the topic that is most important to her — climate change.

“At one stage I realized that the threats to my children were far more serious, so I was compelled to run,” Mugnatto-Hamu told CP24.com recently as she campaigned for votes at a bustling Pape Station. “I want to change policy and this is one way to change policy.”

Read the whole article on CP24.com.

An open challenge to Jack Layton

Today’s press release:

TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY–(Marketwire – April 12, 2011) – Green Party candidate, Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, issued a challenge today for NDP incumbent, Jack Layton, to attend an all-candidates debate in Toronto-Danforth. If he accepts the challenge, it will be the first time in three elections that Mr. Layton has participated in an all-candidates debate in the riding.     Read more »

Toronto-Danforth candidates for 2011

2011 October 6 provincial election

Candidates in the 2011 October 6 provincial election, in reverse alphabetical order of family name, because that puts Tim Whalley first:

  • Tim Whalley, Green Party of Ontario.
  • St├ęphane Vera, Freedom Party of Ontario.
  • Peter Tabuns, Ontario NDP/NPD.
  • Marisa Sterling, Ontario Liberal Party.
  • John Richardson, Canadians’ Choice Party.
  • John Christopher Recker, Ontario Libertarian Party.
  • Rita Jethi, PC Party of Ontario.
  • Kevin Clarke, The People

Elections Ontario logo 2011The Elections Ontario website has the official list of registered candidates.

2011 May 2 federal election

Candidates in the 2011 May 2 federal election, in alphabetical order of given name, because that puts Adriana first:     Read more »

Town Hall with Jack Layton

In clear pre-election mode, this last Wednesday evening, Jack Layton held a live over-the-phone “town hall” meeting, where he answered questions in real time and polled listeners on their priorities.  It was a great way to outreach to the community and worked quite well.  If elected, I’ll keep that in mind as a way to engage people who prefer the comfort of their own home.  But I’d also like to have in-person town halls and simply attend meetings with local groups.     Read more »

We can’t afford to drop heating costs

I voted Green for the first time in 2004, and the reason was because Jack Layton was running on a platform of keeping fuel costs low, and I knew even then that this was a disastrous direction.  He’s at it again.     Read more »

Climate progress

It has been many years since I’ve had a moment of true pride in my government but yesterday I had such a moment.     Read more »

Get well soon, Jack

Just got the news.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Linda Diebel blogs Adriana

Linda Diebel at the Toronto StarAdriana has been knocking on doors, her postcard in hand.  Apparently, The Star’s Linda Diebel is in our riding and took notice.

Looking forward to meeting you

Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu lighting a candleYesterday I was nominated as the Green Party of Canada candidate for Toronto-Danforth for the next election.  I’m honoured and humbled by the supporters in this riding and their enthusiasm for starting the campaign.  Our success in the next election will depend on what the Green Party does best — building a community of people dedicated to building a better world and working respectfully together to achieve their goals.

In the next few months, I hope to be getting out and introducing myself to the neighbourhood.  I’m asking everyone who is interested in learning more about the Green Party to do one or both of two things.     Read more »

Support the coalition

The Green Party of Canada supports the coalition of opposition parties currently in Parliament. Please visit this Green Party sponsored website for more information.  Please see Elizabeth May’s statement below.     Read more »

Toronto-Danforth 2008 results

Well, we beat the Conservatives and we passed the magic 10% mark at which a portion of campaign expenses are reimbursed.

Final results rounded to the nearest percent:

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Jack Layton NDP 45%
Andrew Lang Liberal 30%
Sharon Howarth Green 13%
Christina Perreault Conservative 12%

Only candidate who stayed to the end

At the risk of being petty…     Read more »

More good news…

In our section of the riding-by-riding look at the GTA in today’s Star, Sharon Howarth was cited as Jack Layton’s biggest threat. Read the whole thing here.     Read more »

Jack Layton’s empty seat

An empty chair for Jack Layton at the all-candidates debateAn empty chair represents Jack Layton, who didn’t show up at his own all-candidates debate last night.  Citytv reports on the feelings of local residents.

Jack Layton's empty seat at all-candidates debate