I’m voting Green

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This week’s debate left me deeply impressed. All the candidates were worthy of consideration. Most were more than worthy: they were excellent, and any riding would be lucky to have them. We’re spoiled for choice in York South–Weston.

That said, I’m voting for Nicki Ward, our Green candidate. She is thoughtful, smart, articulate, and fiery. She would be an excellent representative for us. She would be a particularly excellent Green candidate because she would stand out in a party of beige.

It’s taken me a long time to reach this decision, though I was able to eliminate two parties quite quickly. I won’t vote Conservative because they do not have a viable plan to deal with climate change. Their plan is nonsense on stilts. I won’t vote for the PPC because they are far-right populists.

The Liberal party has led on issues I believe in, including legalization and carbon taxes. I would gladly vote for them if Hussen weren’t our MP. However, I don’t think he is a good representative for his riding, and he has been a quite bad Minister of Immigration.

Hussen lauded and posed with Turkey’s autocrat warmonger, Erdoğan, who this week launched an invasion of Kurdish-controlled Syria.

Turkey’s autocrat, Erdogan, L. Ahmed Hussen, R. Edogan has imprisoned journalists, among other repugnant acts.

He has mismanaged the Safe Third Country agreement.  He has lied about his ministry. He has insulted other politicians. And he has consistently blamed the Conservatives for his department’s problems.

I think Hussen is the worst kind of politician: he’s a team player. We elect people to work for us, not their party. I’ve long felt that Hussen shows up every day for the Liberals.

That leaves the NDP and the Greens.

I think that Yafet Tewelde would make an excellent MP. He seems to work hard and be serious. He lives in the community, and he is smart. He also has a good ground game and support. I was going to vote NDP until I saw Ward in the debate.

Nicki Ward was very impressive. She seems to have run her campaign almost alone (and by public transit!), and she brought a well researched, zingy performance in a field of bright minds. She was brave and funny, and she held her own against better supported candidates. I would love to see what she is capable of if she had a party apparatus behind her.

Ward also impressed me very much when she said she would express only her own opinions, not her party’s. Canada needs more of that. While everyone else was standing on platforms,  Ward committed to building one to represent York South–Weston.

But, I hear you say, “strategy”! “Divided votes!” “The next Harper!”. I hear you complain “the Greens don’t stand a chance”.

Honestly, I don’t care. Strategic voting is a bit of silly “I know that you know that I know…” where we all try to guess what everyone else is doing. Knock yourselves out. Really. I can’t be bothered.

I think the real strategic vote is for a person who should hold a prominent position in a party that could hold the balance of power. The real strategy is electing a hard-working, respectful, smart and principled person to represent us.

That person is Nicki Ward.

 

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

7 thoughts on “I’m voting Green”

  1. Yes! It makes me feel hopeful to hear you say that you are voting Green. I think if everyone voted for the best representative with a platform they agree with, we would have a better chance at competent governance. I’ve also decided to vote Green for many of the same reasons. Climate change is too important, and I’m too old to give a about strategic voting.

  2. You know, I think I’m with you, Adam.

    After her essay, I had to see if there was substance.
    And, there seemed to be.

    But, I along with others in the past, I have been fooled before – usually, by the usual suspects in politics (perhaps like our died in the wool, Liberal councillor.

    And, that’s odd for me to say because I normally lean that way – casting a vote for the middle grounded party – that unfortunately licks it’s finger and then checks to see which way the wind is blowing.

    From what I witnessed, Ms. Ward came to play – to the local debate, at least. And, she was prep’ed and ready to rock & roll. Quite adept, really.

    So, why the hell not?

    What (in this dog’s breakfast of an election campaign) do we have to lose, even when it comes to strategy?

    She’s straddling all the areas of concern – as a “Blue-Green”.

    If nothing else, it just may shake up usual suspects in this riding – the Liberals and the NDPs.

    Try harder, everyone who would represent.

    She just might – with her strong personality..
    .. and claiming to not be “whipped”.

    Being a “team player” at the expense of your electorate who voted you to represent is unacceptable from this perspective, too.

    Worse comes to worse, the terms are short – 4 years max.

    So, we wouldn’t have long to see..
    ..if it were to come to fruition.

  3. I wasn’t at the debate, but I’d likely share both your reasoning and your sentiment. I’m very much swayed by intelligence over rhetoric.

    The biggest problem with Green is everything that falls outside of the scope of environmental concerns, unfortunately. Imagine a situation where a majority would be elected (you will have to imagine hard) – how would they effectively govern?

    Besides the environment, my biggest concern is the way technology is changing and hindering society. General public consensus since the internet became mainstream was to let it ride, and avoid inefficient regulation that would bottleneck Canada. With the current state of AI/automation development, technologies such as Deep Fake, and the vast amount of predatory data mining, I don’t think we can just stand by and see what happens. The risk and the harm is simply too great.

    Anyone who is paying attention is well aware that the strength of the right has grown alongside their use of data mining, which has enabled them, with great precision, to fan an ember into a raging flame.

    Unfortunately, this massive issue isn’t well understood, by both public and those serving the public interest. The Green party, in particular, seems tremendously out of touch with global technological developments. The same can be said about the NDP, whose provincial arm wasn’t tech proficient enough to scrub metadata to protect a whistleblower who spoke out against Doug Ford’s government (around a year ago).

    In modern times, we do not live in a bubble insulated from global technological development (both good and bad). We need stronger consumer and privacy protections, but we are not able to attract the best qualified to run for government and make it happen.

    My personal hope is we get a Liberal minority, where Singh demands electoral reform as a condition of support. Even before any of his 6 priorities. Watching Doug Ford, with 30% consensus, bulldoze whatever he wants has made me realize we need much better checks and balances, which is exactly what Electoral reform offers.

  4. You may be right, Barber.

    But, “..being proficient enough to scrub metadata?” Man, there are a lot of strong & skilful players to combat out there on the interweb – both the “white” & “black” hats”. And so, good luck with that war on the “truth”.

    Plus, from some of the docs seen, they’re heavily bankrolled – working both sides of the political spectrum, world wide. Good paying jobs for strong players – despite the dubious origins of that doe. (Ethics??? Yeah, no.)

    As for the “Green” movement – it may not be seen as a viable governing party in our lifetime, but maybe in our “Children’s, children’s, children’s” generation.

    Maybe much the same way the CCF came to be and struggled out west, evolved into the NDP and has since groped for it’s identity & place in the Canadian landscape – traditionally, frightening the business community – small & big.

    But, they have shown to be very competent opponents and at times, the loyal opposition – an important & valued role.

    And, that’s where the Green group might also serve the democratic process, one of these days.

    Small steps, long journey?

    Now, having said that, the players are often lawyers who then evolve into politicians – with performance skills stronger than most regular folks.

    So, here we are again.

    What did the WHO’s, Pete Townsend say in that song decades back,
    “..meet the new boss, same as the old boss..”
    “..and we won’t get fooled again – no, no!”

    Uh,huh.

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