Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, Editorial Cartoonist, The Hamilton Spectator – Monday September 29, 2008
May denies reports she supports strategic voting
Green party Leader Elizabeth May ended her cross-country train tour in Halifax Saturday, denying reports she’s urging supporters to vote strategically in a bid to unseat the Conservatives.
Ms. May stepped off a 22-car Via passenger train where she was greeted by about 80 party faithful waving green banners and chanting her name.
Ms. May, who began her retro-style whistle-stop tour last weekend, shot down suggestions she’s urging party members to cast their ballot for whichever candidate can oust the Tories on Oct. 14.
“It’s a non-starter,” she said inside the historic train station near the Halifax waterfront. “Strategic voting just doesn’t work.”
Questions arose over her position after a media report said Ms. May was calling for some form of strategic voting merely to depose Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.
“I won’t say, ‘You’ve got to vote Green if you believe in our policies.’ I’ll say, ‘Here’s our policies, figure out what you need to do because, frankly, the Green Party has to put progress [on climate change] and principle above short-term power,”’ she told The Toronto Star last week.
“I’d rather have no Green seats and Stephen Harper lose, than a full caucus that stares across the floor at Stephen Harper as prime minister, because his policies are too dangerous.”
Ms. May said at the time she was discussing problems with the first-past-the-post electoral system, insisting it allows majority governments to be elected by a minority of votes. (Source: Globe & Mail)