With the results of November 29th, 2010 by-elections, a few observations can be made:
One: No one gives a shit! Voter Turnout was in the twenty to thirty percent range.
Two: The Green Party is still afloat, but sinking fast, after almost being beaten by the Pirate Party. That’s right… A political joke party called the Pirate Party was twenty votes away from beating Elizabeth May’s Green Party in Monday’s By-election. In Winnipeg North, the drop was from a poor 4.75 percent to an embarrassing zero point seven percent. In the Ontario riding of Vaughan, the Greens’ popular vote dropped from 6.9 percent in 2008, to only 1.2 percent.. Greens received only 1404 total votes in all by-election races combined. Even Elizabeth’s organic farming star candidate and Green Party Federal Counsellor Kate Story could only inspire 809 votes in Monday’s By-election. The results for the Greens’ was just 5.6 percent of the vote, which is worse than the same candidates 2008 finish.
People are sick of being misled by politicians. Elizabeth May called the 1.2% finish for the Green Party in Vaughan a “strong campaign” in her press release. How is losing 80% of your popular vote a “strong campaign”… or honest?
Ray Lam, the BC NDP candidate for Vancouver False Creek, has resigned. Did he embezzle funds? Break an election promise? Lie to the voters? Support an illegal war? Sell the Province to Americans? Drink and drive in Maui? Nope, its even worse–he grabbed a boob in a photo. = O omg… Seriously, where is the scandal?
Mary Mcneil (McNeil), the self-serving BC Liberal politician that can’t even spell her own name correctly in the title of her official campaign page, calls the pictures “offensive and demeaning.” Really? Are you offended? We should all ask ourselves what is worse, a candidate that can’t spell her own name or someone who’s facebook profile shows that they are just like us?
Most of the people I know under 30 have a boob grabbing or sex-simulation picture on the net (or even the real thing) Do we not count? Are we not eligible to take part in the political process? I call on everyone who has ever grabbed a boob, or posted an awesome party pic on the net, to fill Mary’s inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “inappropriate” pics (Keep ‘em legal). Some suggestions for the subject line are “Grab this!” or “The Full McNeily”.
Ray resigned claiming he “stepped down because he does not want to be a distraction in the election.” The question is: why do the media outlets that have reported on this story want to distract us from the issues?
The fact that the media isn’t showing these pics to us should be an indication that they are not all that offensive. Shame on the media for pretending this is (national) news, and shame on Carole James for forcing and accepting Lam’s resignation. Grow a pair Carole! (then post a pic of someone grabbing them to prove it!)
Ultimately, the BC Liberals and the NDP have both said to the voters of Vancouver False Creek that the most important issue they are concerned with is boob grabbing and smearing their opponents. If residents were polled before this non-news story broke, ZERO respondents would have placed boob grabbing or smearing for political advantage at the top of their list of election issues. The Liberals and NDP have both made a major blunder by alienating a huge portion of Generation Y and most of Generation X across the province.
This BS is another reason why I am voting Green and Yes to STV. Another reason to vote Green in Vancouver-False Creek is the outstanding business savy candidate and Green Party of BC Deputy Leader Damian Kettlewell.