Dear Editor - Re: 'May would have had a reasonable chance of winning here' (Guelph Mercury, April 16).
While I appreciate the notion of my personal popularity in Guelph, it would be wrong to discount the hometown hero. I would never dream of parachuting into Guelph to seize the advantage gained through the blood, sweat and tears of our candidate, Mike Nagy. Mike is a member of my shadow cabinet, responsible for the not inconsiderable environment portfolio, is one of my most valued advisers and party "stars."
As for my chances against Peter MacKay, the local picture is more complex than that painted in William Christian's column. The growth of NDP support in Central Nova has been due to two factors: a strong candidate, who is not re-offering, and a number of non-NDP voters, both Liberal and Conservative, that migrated there as the best way to unseat MacKay. For those who want to see the Harper government sent a strong message from the most punished region in Canada, voting Green is now widely seen as the best option.
I do appreciate the overall positive tone of the column. It is wonderful to have debate about where best to win seats. The Green Party is no longer a "protest vote." It is a vote to elect MPs. I need Mike Nagy with me in the House of Commons.
I am really really really begining to dislike May...I kinda rooted for her as the underdog in the beginning, even in the London by-election...but this turn all of a sudden has dropped her to about Jack Layton staus on my list of political people I like/don't like...
How amusing to hear May deny a vote for Green is a protest vote, given that Green has yet to win a single MP or MLA election in Canada. A handful of candidates with Green affiliation have been elected to municipal councils or school or parks boards but that's about it.
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