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Elizabeth May becomes first Green elected as MP in Canada

from Green Party Watch
In May 2 Federal Elections in Canada, Elizabeth May became the first Green Party candidate elected as a Member of Parliament

Elizabeth May, 56, has been the leader of the Green Party of Canada since 2006, vowing to raise the Green Party’s profile in Canada, particularly in the nationally televised debates. Although she was included in a debate several years ago, this election she was barred from the debate, which she used as a campaign issue in her campaign for MP representing Saanich-Gulf Islands on Vancouver Island.

Preliminary results show that Elizabeth May won the May 2, 2011 election with 48.13% of the vote, defeating Conservative MP Gary Lunn (33.73%) and NDP candidate Edith Loring-Kuhanga (12.28%).

In an Election Day message, Elizabeth May wrote: “Voting Green sends a clear message. It sends a message of hope. It sends a message that demands something better. It’s time. Vote Green.”


  1. Eddie Eddie May 4, 2011

    The Green Party has recently had many firsts recently. The only way to go is up!

  2. NewFederalist NewFederalist May 4, 2011

    With MPs in Britain and Canada the Greens have accomplished something the Libertarians have not. Congrats to them!

  3. Richard Winger Richard Winger May 3, 2011

    Canada has equal ballot access for all candidates, and it is relatively lenient ballot access. Also Canada has public funding for political parties.

  4. Daniel Surman Daniel Surman May 3, 2011

    This election was interesting. The Greens won a seat, but overall their vote total throughout the country sank. The Bloc Quebecois collapsed, losing all but 4 of its seats, and the Liberals imploded and retained only 34 seats. Canada may become a de facto two party state if the next election continues this trend.

  5. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes May 3, 2011

    KW, this is very interesting and encouraging.
    But I believe it is an anomaly due to several factors. I doubt it could spread even in Canada, let alone the USA.
    The USA is too polarized putting tremendous pressure on voters to choose between the dem or rep.
    Also there isn’t a comparable longtime Green leader/repeat candidate on a national level other than possibly Nader.

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