Friday, September 12, 2008

Surprise - Tectonic Shift Causes Sierra Club to Pick Green Party

Hat tip to Tom Nelson
Bloc Québécois: B-
Conservative Party: F+
Green Party: A-
Liberal Party: B+
New Democratic Party: B

I don't know about anyone else, but I think it's a tectonic shift and so does Ellie May.
I wonder if John Bennett (Communications Director of Green Party and for the Sierra Club) thinks its a tectonic shift too??

ALISON AULD, THE CANADIAN PRESS appears to think it's a tectonic shift, too:
It came as little surprise to those who know Elizabeth May that the environmental crusader ended up at the helm of a party founded on and named after, green principles.
From her days as an infant being toted through the streets of London at ban-the-bomb protests to fights she and her family waged against herbicide spraying in Cape Breton, friends say she was destined for the forefront of Canada's environmental movement.
"I think it was inevitable," author and environmentalist Farley Mowat said of the leader of the federal Green party.
"She had to run for the leadership of something sooner or later because there's no party in the world fast enough to run away from her. Still, I don't think she has any strong political allegiance as such, but she has enormous allegiance to principle and will pursue principle through hell and high water".
Her political education began at an early age when her family was living on a seven-acre hobby farm in Hartford, Conn., and watching opposition to the Vietnam war gather steam.
Her mother, a Democratic party stalwart, became a model of political protest to May and her younger brother, even carting her baby daughter off to London to participate in marches against nuclear weapons.
May herself claims her interest in the environment emerged when she was just two and told her mother that she hated airplanes.
"She asked me why since I'd never been in one and I said, 'Because they scratch the sky,"' May, 54, says with a laugh from her office in Ottawa. "So she felt that this was proof that from infancy I had some kind of connectedness to the natural environment."
"I've never known a time when I wasn't very concerned and connected to the natural world."
Years later and after the family had relocated to Cape Breton, May sparked her own protest when she went to court to fight herbicide spraying in Nova Scotia - a losing battle that ultimately cost the family its home and 70 acres of land.
It was an early test case for May, who had been studying law at Dalhousie University in Halifax while working as a waitress and cook in the summer at the family restaurant back in Margaree.
Friends say the demands of school, activism and holding a job set a frenzied pace that she has kept to ever since. She's been even busier since winning the leadership of the fledgling Green party in August 2006.
"I keep getting e-mails from her that have been sent at two in the morning, so she's fully embraced it - she's working full out," said longtime friend John Bennett in Ottawa.
"She just had her hip replaced and you couldn't walk across Parliament Hill with her without stopping and waiting 10 times because she was in such pain, but she didn't slow down her workload".
The outspoken leader spent 17 years at the Sierra Club, taking it from a relatively small environmental organization with limited reach to an internationally respected advocacy group.
"She put the Sierra Club on the map," says close friend Jim MacNeill, an environmental consultant.
"She was almost single-handedly responsible for keeping these issues on the page in Canada and that says a lot about her courage and her dynamism. She knows the issues."
She is the author of five books on environmental subjects and in 2005, was inducted as an officer in the Order of Canada.
May is unapologetic, routinely excoriating Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his environmental policies and what she says are undignified antics in the Commons.

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