May’s Mad Math

Elizabeth May’s strange math and dangerous anti-resource policy was on display in Victoria.

Elizabeth and Don Galloway keep making the same argument that “doubling” the number of Green members of Parliament will be a key step in restoring democracy so shredded under the Harper government, and “will bring a smile to a lot of people across Canada”.


As far as restoring any civility to the House of Commons my only guess is that there will be one less NDP member to shout down the Green Party when they try to speak out of turn.

Somehow I doubt that the Harper gang will suddenly become more polite and democratic with the arrival of any new MP from whatever party.

And as far as the smiles across Canada are concerned, since the Green Party received less than 5% of the popular vote in the last election one presumes that the other 95% that voted for other parties will not be smiling but scowling.

Typically, May’s math is mad.

More troubling is the position that the Green Party takes on resource extraction and the resource industry in general.

The Liberal Party of Canada supports environmentally responsible resource extraction because it is a vital sector the Canadian economy particularly in BC.

The Green Candidate has already embarrassed himself in a recent debate by calling for the immediate suspension of all coal exports to China by shutting down the coal industry.

This would shut down a $6 billion a year business, put 4,000 people out of work, and would throw hundreds of families into poverty.

And yesterday’s pipeline media show is a case in point.

Simply saying that all pipeline construction and tanker traffic is wrong without respecting due process is an easy position to take when you are never going to form government.

The challenge is create the highest environmental standards to protect our waters and coastlines while ensuring that the cost to companies that break our laws is punitive and not just a digit on the bottom line.

And of course the real opportunity is to steer the economy to a cleaner and more responsible future by adopting a carbon tax.

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