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Why Andrew Weaver got into politics

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Written by Stephen Rees

April 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm

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  1. I would love to be able to vote in a Green government, or to be a resident of Oak Bay (fat chance!) and re-elect Dr. Andrew Weaver. But I’m afraid with the surging Greens the progressive vote will be split and the Libs will walk right back in without even having to clear off their desks and mass shred their controversial files in the wee hours.

    This issue was front & centre in the last federal election where strategic voting energized over a million people and Harper was pulled through the exit door with swing NDP voters. Trudeau is not as progressive as many of us would prefer, but the fact we aren’t living under a Trump-lite anymore was reason to celebrate at the time. However, the NDP have to get their act together and hopefully be in a position to back Trudeau on certain policies next time, as they did under Pearson with the NDP’s Davis backing him to enact Canada’s public health care system.

    The best scenario under first-past-the-post split in BC would be a coalition with the Greens backing the NDP, or at least an official agreement to cooperate on key policies. Andrew and John need to talk before the election, not after.

    In many ways progressives need to think about this in terms of math — basic geometry, really — instead of conscience. Math wins every time. The idea is to get it to win on your side.

    Alex Botta

    April 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm


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