On Monday, Elizabeth May got married. Susan Delacourt writes that she may also be experiencing a political honeymoon:
All signs currently point to this being a very good week for May and the Greens, part of a long-building, upward trend in their fortunes that could well keep climbing until the fall federal election. Personally, things are definitely looking up for May, too.
Greens have held the balance of power in British Columbia for two years now. Last June, the Greens elected their first MPP in Ontario — Leader Mike Schreiner, who represents Guelph at Queen’s Park. In this year’s federal byelection in Outremont, Greens finished surprisingly in third place, ahead of the Bloc Québécois and the Conservative party.
On Tuesday, Canada’s smallest province could give the Greens their biggest achievement in this country: real, actual power. A new poll projection by 338Canada.com over the weekend cautiously forecast a majority win for the Greens, which would make PEI the first Green-led government in Canadian history.
When voters get tired of status quo politics, they tend to shake things up. It's happened in the recent past:
That’s how the then-brand-new Reform Party and the Bloc Québécois vaulted to record numbers in the Commons in 1993, the same year [Kim] Campbell was attempting, unsuccessfully, to stay on as Canada’s first female prime minister.
May is well-placed to benefit from potential voter fatigue with the traditional parties and politics as usual. She will be the only woman leader among the main parties vying in the fall’s election and Greens are an untried alternative for many Canadians. If voters are in the mood for a real break from the past, as they were in 1993, May could reap a lot of “none of the above” sentiment.
None of the above seems to be a popular option these days. Perhaps May will be in the right place at the right time.
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