In my earlier post about the election, I suggested that an NDP-Green coalition would be the best outcome. I have changed my mind, having lost all confidence in the integrity of the BC Green Party and most especially in their leader.
Weaver and his party are perfectly correct in their desire to see climate change dealt with as a priority. No problem there and I applaud their efforts (though their curt dismissal of the Leap Manifesto shows them to be as MOR as the others in essence). But in most other policies and attitudes, Weaver has shown himself to be an old-time Tory — and that isn’t good for any of us.
The BC Greens’ candidates are uniformly white and heavily male; not a single person of colour or of FN descent is included. Their apologists say they have had “diverse” candidates before; so why not now? Either none applied (which begs the question), or none were accepted (which begs further questions). Apparently it is OK for BC Green candidates to be a gun lobbyist or a lover of young “bitchez” or a conspiracy theorist — but not someone of colour. That is very troubling.
Weaver himself has mumbled and fumbled and made stuff up, so much so that he appears to be Trump-like in his confusion about the facts. And, of course, both he and his deputy have said they would be happy enough to see Christy Clark and her corruption back in office rather than those evil leftwingers in the NDP.
No, I am sad to say that the Greens just won’t cut it in this election with those policies and with that leadership.
Clearly, for all our sakes and for the future of our wonderful province, the BC Liberals (Socreds and Tories by any other name) must be sent packing. That means an NDP government for there are no other realistic choices today. There will be much I will not support when the NDP controls the Provincial Government, but I know my dissatisfactions will be minor compared to the disaster another Liberal term will bring.
I urge all my readers to take a look at the Your Political Party. Clearly they won’t go far this time, but they have good ideas for honest democracy and I hope they can build themselves into something useful in the future.
David Wong,the Green candidate in Vancouver Hastings is a 2nd or 3rd generation of Asian descent, a young architect with interesting ideas and a good candidate. I can’t speak for the others, but I don’t feel he should be slighted.
I looked through their list and missed him completely eve though I saw him at the all-candidates’ meeting. I apologise for that error. (Oddly none of their supporters reminded me about him). I stand by my main points, though.
Regarding your comment “The BC Greens’ candidates are uniformly white and heavily male; not a single person of colour or of FN descent is included”
The Greens are running 29 women candidates, and beside David as mention above, There is Valentine Wu in Burnaby, Peter Tam in Mission, Roy Sakata and Saira Aiyla in Surrey.