Green wave because Canadians aren’t afraid to vote for what they believe in anymore

Opinion

To the Editor:

Saying Canadians are ‘tired of the old parties’ is not actually a complete sentence. Could it be the ‘ping pong’ politics, broken promises or ‘the other guy’ bashing style that has taken hold lately that is bringing this change?

Canadians would like to be able to make an appointment with their MP or MLA or have a call returned when inquiring on a matter important to them. Newsletters and ribbon cutting ceremonies are not real engagement.

Perhaps it’s action like Kevin Arseneau (MLA for Kent-North) takes to work with constituents in getting a simple line down their road that is turning the tide.

Or maybe, as in Megan Mitton’s (MLA Memramcook-Tantramar) case, the people of Sackville put their trust in a woman who is here for the long haul, raising a family and wants to see change for generations to come. We can also thank Megan for what we now know as a ‘MLA job description’.

David Coon (Leader New Brunswick Green Party), has proved himself with his relentless push for better health care, mental health improvements and the interest of every New Brunswicker’s right to our Crown Land.

Islanders may have been swayed by the PEI Greens platform to restore trust in government.

In BC, the Green Party’s Andrew Weaver pushed for big money out of politics and the right to refuse LNG expansion and pipelines being pushed on them. How about Elizabeth May’s, (Leader of the Green Party of Canada) bill to develop a national framework around Lyme disease. Unanimously passed in the House of Commons and a rare feat for a sole representative of a party. Paul Manly’s recent win as MP Nanaimo-Ladysmith, sent a message that Canadians will vote for action on climate change.

Ontario’s first Green MPP, Mike Schreiner (Leader) is being praised for calling out the Ford and Conservative government for decisions he doesn’t believe are right.

Are Canadians ‘pre-occupied’ with climate change, as mentioned by our prime minister, or are they concerned about losing their homes, jobs and literally having their lives swept away from natural disasters.

Maybe, Canadians are just not afraid anymore to vote for what they believe in.

Helen Chenell

Riverview, NB