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Author Topic: MSM fails the Greens
Don
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Posts: 44
Post MSM fails the Greens
on: July 22, 2014, 12:27

With the 2014 Green Party Convention now concluded there is one thing that is most evident, The MSM all but ignored both the 'Green Train' trip by Elizabeth May across the country and the actual convention itself. A quick Google news search of the above will reveal just how poorly covered this event was, it was picked up by a few local papers where the train stopped and there are a few brief mentions of the convention but all in all the average reader would not know that such had taken place. Its not all the MSMs fault, even the GPCs own news releases failed to mention it beforehand as far as I can tell. I cannot say how much attention there was on Twitter and Facebook, like many other folks I do not subscribe to either of them. Either way the Greens must find a way to 'get the word out' if there is to be any chance of increasing our presence in the House of Commons, particular thanks to Jenny and Scott for trying to do just that on our front page here..
That said here are a couple of links to some coverage mostly regarding election strategy for the 2015 election and possible 'cooperation' with other opposition parties in order to defeat the Harper Regime. Something which IMHO is vital if we are to save democracy in Canada as we know it and far more important than any one party or candidate.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/07/18/green-party-election-2015_n_5601056.html#conversation-5601056-313675109

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/elizabeth-may-pitches-electoral-co-operation-for-next-election-1.2712904

What do you think?

Don
Beginner
Posts: 44
Post Re: MSM fails the Greens
on: July 25, 2014, 09:07

This from Lead Now re strategic voting and party cooperation....

The 2015 federal election is just around the corner and we need your help to finalize a plan to hold this government accountable and make major progress on the issues our community cares about: democratic reform, economic inequality and climate action.

Time and again, the Leadnow community has voted to support cooperation between the NDP, Liberals and Greens to defeat Conservative incumbents in the next election, elect a Parliament that better represent a majority of people in Canada, and then work together across party lines to pass crucial reforms.[1]

What do you think about cooperation between voters to achieve the same goal? We know that the idea of “strategic voting” to defeat the Conservatives has both serious advantages and real challenges - and we want your input.

If we told you, just before the election, that a candidate from a different party other than your first choice had the best chance of defeating the Conservative in your riding, would you be willing to shift your vote?

http://www.leadnow.ca/community-poll/

Adrianne-
Hopwood
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Posts: 4
Post Re: MSM fails the Greens
on: November 2, 2014, 06:32

This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing the link!

Adrianne-
Hopwood
Newbie
Posts: 4
Post Re: MSM fails the Greens
on: November 2, 2014, 06:46

With the election in mind, I was just reading this article about the mayor of Richmond BC:
http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2014/10/31/gayle-mclaughlin-green-mayor-of-richmond-ca-on-democracy-now/
- just another reminder that we have to keep fighting for our democracy!

Don
Beginner
Posts: 44
Post Re: MSM fails the Greens
on: November 2, 2014, 09:59

The difficult but necessary discussion about vote splitting, cooperation and strategic voting is one that, as a local Green Party Electoral Association, is something that will have to take place sometime in the near future. We will all be faced with some very difficult decisions in the fall of 2015 (if not before).

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