To the past and present members of Green Party of Canada,
I write to you out of great concern. Without your urgent response, by Monday, the Green Party of Canada may be forever defeated. Please continue reading to find out how you can help.
Two motions have been brought forth concerning the next General Meeting, specifically about the Constitutionally mandated GPC Leadership contest that must occur in 2010.
A leadership contest is a great way to build the party by recruiting new members and talented volunteers. It puts the spotlight on Green policies and politicians. It is a good thing for the Party and the green movement.
Elizabeth May is scared of losing her job, and she is trying to stop any Leadership contest scheduled for 2010. Some are calling one motion a “Leader for life” motion, which would be more accurately called a “leader for death” motion, since it would be the end of many Green’s dreams for democracy–the end of the Green Party in Canada.
FACT: Elizabeth May lied to the membership when she broke the GPC Constitution and the Privacy Act by using the GPC membership lists to send a dishonest personal e-mail regarding two convention resolutions, for her own personal gain. She had no right to send this e-mail to all members without giving equal opportunity to those that opposed her views on those motions.
The entire e-mail is in reference to motions that personally effect Elizabeth’s job–her power. She opposes “erod(ing) the Leadership”–so does Stephen Harper. The e-mail states that she would have to resign if we had a leadership contest–which is absolutely false. Nothing requires the Leader to step down during a Leadership race. The issue is whether members have the right to vote on who is best to lead the party from now on.
E May’s e-mail also claims her campaign is going well. Elizabeth has laid off most of the Organizers across the country and re-tasked the remaining Organizers to her campaign. As a result, the Green Party of Canada’s membership levels are at historic lows–7900–a loss of over 25%. Elizabeth May has spent well over $275,000 in Saanich – Gulf Islands and has only signed up 26 new members. Elizabeth May cannot win if she cannot inspire more than two dozen to become members and volunteers.
The real problem is more that so many quit. Most of the Greens I have gotten to know in the last four yeas are ex-members–specifically because of the actions of Elizabeth May–actions just like her e-mail, which are partisan and self-serving.
Elizabeth also dishonestly claims that polls show we may elect four Green MP’s. Which riding-by-riding polls show that, Elizabeth? None. Its a lie. If E May thinks we will elect four MP’s in the next election, she needs to tell us what has changed. We have heard this promise many times before. If the same people keep doing the same things, the results are likely to be the same. All evidence points to another failure in SGI.
Elizabeth’s organizational problems are not new. The Vancouver Center campaign was called the “best chance to elect a Green in Canada” by Elizabeth May and her core team. Deputy Leader Adriane Carr finished in last place after also spending huge resources.
I saw Adrian Carr’s campaign in Vancouver Center. It was a handful of people spending buckets of money hiring their expert friends that never performed. New ideas weren’t tolerated. There was lots of talk about bad politicians, bad parties, bad corporations, but no one had a clue how to achieve real results, and a year after Elizabeth and her clique took over the party, the countrywide progress and growth seen under Jim Harris ended. This is a direct result of the Leadership of Elizabeth May.
If you are a current GPC member and want to see our best have a chance to contribute, if you want your voice to count, if you still want to save the world… please vote this Saturday or Sunday against the motion to cancel the Leadership Contest, and vote for the motion upholding the Constitution.
To any that still support Elizabeth, despite the overwhelming evidence of her total failure and dishonesty, please vote for her during the scheduled Leadership contest and allow those that disagree to vote for someone who can make a real difference–not just talk about doing it.
When you cast your vote for the next Leader, I hope it is for someone who would make it a criminal offense for politicians to lie like Elizabeth May did.