I sent the following e-mail (in italics) to Elizabeth May on, or around, November 27, 2008–two years ago. I had been heavily involved in the Greens for two years and knew what needed to be done. While her manipulative supporters said I should shut up and “Stop hurting the party”, this private letter proves that my goal was to help. The lack of action or response shows that Elizabeth May and her unelected clique hurts the party with their incompetence.
My name is Dan Mick. I have sent you several e-mails in the past, and since this will go to your assistant, I have no way of knowing if you ever receive them or have the time to read them. Please call me. I can be a valuable asset.
I have always preferred actions to words, so instead of just a message of support, I will provide what support I can to end the division within the GPC.
While there has been much criticism directed at you recently, you can take some comfort in the fact that the disagreement is not with you personally. If everything went as it did, but three greens were elected, the party would be unified behind you, as it was when I criticized GPC Organizing in the spring.
In the past, some of the GPC leadership including Jim Harris and Sharon Labchuk, have been quick to silence all who disagree with them. This has not solved any of the very real problems with the functioning of the party. The frustration of members that feel they do not have a voice, are calling for a Leadership review to guarantee review of internal GPC policies and operations. Your replacement is not the goal of the majority of your critics. Greens are unified around the GPC platform. The only disagreement is on how we can make each point into a law of the land.
The current situation represents a great opportunity for change and growth, but also a threat that could permanently fracture the GPC. Your decisions alone on whether to regard the situation as a threat–or opportunity–will determine the success of Greens in the next general election.
Further attempts to limit or silence criticism will backfire and increase opposition. Instead, appoint one of your detractors to actively seek criticism and solutions. This immediately allies you with your perceived opponents. To expect those that were in a position of authority to investigate their own failures will not produce any positive results. Someone from outside the current structure will do a better job.
By “seeking criticism” I mean that someone should find all those that have any grievance whatsoever and guide their frustration into suggestion and action. Part of this process is to allow frustrations to vent. This will refocus us and increase activity to rebuild our motivation and grow our volunteer base.
Questions for Members:
How do you feel about the past election?
What went poorly?
How do you feel about GPC Organizing?
What can the GP do better?
How do we implement that?
Who else should I talk to?
We can use the situation to create excitement among Greens. It may also be beneficial if you would contact some of the more outspoken Greens and listen to their criticisms. You don’t need to defend or even reply–only listen and inquire deeper with open ended questions so that they know you care about their views and are as concerned as they are.
There has been anger over strategic voting comments, with blame put solely on you. This is evidence of the GPC’s over-concentration on messaging. Every riding that received 9-10% (while polling much higher) indicates more a failure of the GOTV effort, than any of your misquoted comments.
Nik Nanos has said that the success of the GPC will be determined by our organizing success. For polling support to double while membership levels drop during the two-year pre-election period indicates that GPC Organizing is in serious disarray. Changes must be made in this area to unify the party.
While the group that opposes you is small, they are very determined and they include many of the best organizers in the GP that have been excluded because of their opposition to the methods of Sharon Labchuk. This group is what the party needs to succeed on election day. Let’s harness their energy and give them something productive to do.
I look forward to hearing from you.
It is now two years later and the problems are in fact worse. None of this advice has been taken. Elizabeth still refuses to speak to anyone who disagrees. She is weak and incompetent. Elizabeth May isn’t cut out to be a Member of Parliament or the Leader of political party. Resign now Elizabeth May.