Dear voters, supporters, volunteers, staff, friends and family,
My mind still echoes with the unshakable rallying cry “Go Greens Go” that the we chanted as polls came in and we huddled around a small laptop in the office a week ago tonight. Some memories last a lifetime. Last Monday night was one of them.
We didn’t win the election. But coming within a hair’s breadth of doing so, we have profoundly altered Canada’s assumptions about the Green Party’s legitimacy and appeal. Electing another Green MP would have been a concrete demonstration of our place in Canadian politics. But please do not neglect the less visible, but equally significant impact we have had on our society. As Elizabeth said:
“Donald finishing second in Victoria – with approximately 34% of the vote – and Chris finishing third in Calgary-Centre with approximately 26% of the vote – are powerful statements: the Greens are contenders.”
In practical terms, here’s what being a “contender” means to the CBC:
Elizabeth May and the Green Party “could now potentially be a power broker in any discussions about electoral co-operation between the three mainstream non-Conservative parties” (http://bit.ly/ToZ8iW).
And as I said when I spoke after all the polls had come in last Monday night, in the next election, we will prevail. I meant it then, and I mean it now – we will prevail.
What we have accomplished here is immense. And rather than thank you for all that you have done (though I hope you know how grateful I truly am), I want to congratulate you. Congratulations for being the strongest campaign in this election. Congratulations for tripling our vote share over the last election. Congratulations for running a positive campaign in the midst of negative campaigns. And congratulations for making the Green Party “a contender” in Canadian politics.
Jonathan will email you shortly about seeking feedback on the campaign. He will also tell you about opportunities to get involved with the local Victoria EDA, about our joint Victoria/Saanich-Gulf Islands volunteer party, and about how you can help get Andrew Weaver and other Greens elected in the BC provincial election coming up in May. I hope you will lend them your support as you have so generously done with me.
In hope and in gratitude,