Vancouver’s natural beauty is worth protecting. Our children not only need places to play, but also places to enjoy and explore nature. We all need places of tranquil refuge from our busy lives. The animals and birds that help make our city lives enjoyable need places to nest and raise their young.
People and nature in balance is my vision for our parks and recreation system.
13 May 2013
A message from Elizabeth May to voters on the eve of the BC election
Dear fellow British Columbians,
During my campaign in 2011, nearly everyone outside of my team and
supporters said there was no way I could win. Even as polls were
closing, the media was still saying I didn't have a chance. I recall one
interview (with CKNW in Vancouver) days before the vote when the guest
host for the Bill Good Show told me I couldn't be elected dogcatcher.
And then the results came in - we won by over 7,000 votes (10.1%). It
was a very decisive win! Now
that I've been working as an MP for two years, I've worked to improve
civility in Parliament, reaching out across party lines within the
principles I laid out during my campaign. I've proposed hundreds of
amendments to Conservative omnibus bills, I've created two non-partisan
caucuses that include members from all five parties, I've kept my
constituents and fellow Canadians informed of all the secretive
back-room politics that go on in Ottawa, and my fellow MPs even voted me
"Parliamentarian of the Year".
Having Greens elected to the BC
Legislature will be a win, not only for the Green Party, but for
democracy itself. In this campaign, Jane Sterk and her fellow candidates
have already pushed the NDP to adjust their decisions, such as with Mr.
Dix's sudden refusal to allow Kinder-Morgan to use the Ports of
Vancouver or Delta. Despite the NDP loss of a huge lead, Adrian Dix
still has a commanding lead and will form government. A few Greens will
have a very healthy impact on the NDP-Liberal partisanship of the
legislature. Greens will be a powerful presence. Andrew Weaver, Adam
Olsen, Jane Sterk, and other Green MLAs will be able to fight for a
guaranteed livable income, a transition off fossil fuels, and support
for the burgeoning clean energy industry in BC; they will keep us
informed of what goes on in our Legislature, and they will model a new
kind of politics that isn't about what party you belong to, but what
values you hold dear. BC needs Green MLAs or none of that will ever
So I'm asking you not to listen to the fear-mongering,
the scare tactics, the vote-splitting propaganda, and to vote for what
you believe in. Feel good about your vote - vote with hope, not fear. My
election in 2011 gave hope to people across Canada. Let's do it again
tomorrow and see BC take the lead! Let's make history again.
Election Day: tomorrow, May 14, 8am-8pm.
Elizabeth May MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands Leader of the Green Party of Canada