Stats Show Surging Green Party Support in British Colombia

4 08 2014
RSR – British Columbia DAY – BC Greens, BC Liberals tied – overwhelming support for student loan interest relief ‘across the spectrum’.
Aug 01, 2014
An RSR poll of 625 British Columbians conducted July 23-28, 2014. Margin of Error is 3.75%, 19 times out of 20 @ 95% confidence.
Question #1
Which political party in British Columbia do you currently support?
BC NDP 34 %
BC Liberal 29 %
BC Green 28 %
BC Conservative 8 %
(Undecided) 10 %
Question #2
In your opinion should British Columbians with outstanding student loans, who have graduated, be granted relief from interest charges?
Yes 75 %
Commentary
Finally, there is a three way race (early days) in BC politics, or at least potentially. If margin of error is factored it is a tie between BC NDP (34%), BC Liberal (29%), and BC Green (28%).
Let’s begin with BC Green numbers. (32%) on Vancouver Island, (19%) in Vancouver City, (27%) in Vancouver suburbs – that’s right – (27%) in Vancouver Suburbs (and Langley). The BC Greens are flourishing in the Fraser Valley (20%), (17%) in the Southern Interior and (25%) – in the Norther Interior and Kootenays.
The BC NDP are in the lead, but must be concerned with some of these numbers – and may wish they had used the opportunity of a leadership contest. BC NDP on Vancouver Island (37%) {down 10% + from Carole James days}, a solid (38%) in Vancouver City, (32%) in Vancouver Suburbs (and Langley), (25%) in Fraser Valley, (23%) in Southern Interior, and (25%) in Northern Interior and Kootenays.
The governing BC Liberals appear back in trouble, as they were for so long belong the surprise election win in May 2013. (21%) on Vancouver Island, (30%) in Vancouver City, (28%) in Vancouver Suburbs (and Langley), (28%) in Fraser Valley, (34%) in Southern Interior, (35%) in Northern Interior and Kootenays.
There is no doubt that British Columbian want interest relief from student loans for BC students who have graduated. More than 3 in 4 British Columbians support this policy. BC Green supporters are all in with this proposition at over (90%). BC New Democrats follow the average with over (70%) in support, while the BC Liberals follow in the (60%).
Vancouver Island support is (87%), Vancouver City (71%), Vancouver Suburbs and Langley (75%), Fraser Valley (78%), Northern Interior (72%), and Southern Interior (58%).
In terms of public support the BC Greens are the real deal. Is nice weather, beautiful British Columbia, mountains, oceans – the whole package making citizens think Green? Or is it the pipelines? Is it anti Stephen Harper or Christy Clark? Is it pox on both your houses BC Liberal and BC NDP? Whatever it is – the BC Greens are definitely in business – but can they turn this support into something substantial – loyal support.
These numbers in support are well over ‘parking your vote’ percentages.
Once again the BC Liberals are tanking in the Vancouver Suburbs. Do they care? Not if they believe they can do as they please and wait for the next election – delighted to see BC Greens the natural voting competitor to the BC NDP – growing in support.
The BC New Democrats need to take the BC Greens very seriously on Vancouver Island – Green contagion is setting in, and we believe this support will stick. However BC Green support in other regions of the province, particularly the Suburbs, Fraser Valley and Northern Interior is remarkable.
Our relief of interest on student loans has produced some interesting results. Support for this is high across the board. Our federal sample of 100 Conservatives reveals majority support for relief on interest (for graduated students). We believe from anecdote that the fact that the question included graduated students – prompted many to see this relief in conjunction with these students looking for employment, and needing to see some relief from interest in these jobs. How depressing is it for students to finally be working after achieving their degree or certificate and to confront huge student loan payments?
Interest is counterproductive in the extreme and British Columbians agree that relief should be in place. Many graduates are taking a year or so to get decent paying jobs – making payments in the interim with interest piling up on $12 an hour is senseless and cruel. Prohibiting those student graduates who find better paying jobs where they can hang their hat (and degree) and have more disposable income for purchases and consumption generally, in a consumer driven market makes better sense.
How will the suggestion on student loan interest measure up to this weeks announcement from BC Finance Minister Mike de Jong – ready set to pay $40 to parents of children in K-7? To us, this policy seems nearly foolish – in comparison to the RSR solution that would satisfy the majority of British Columbians (and likely Canadians if the 100 Conservative sample provokes presumptions), by easy margins.
BC New Democrats and BC Liberals must recognize the BC Green support and the support of BC Greens for interest relief on student loans. BC NDP Kathy Corrigan is the new shadow minister for Post Secondary – I hope she is in good voice because she has quite a broad platform. BC Liberals were not thinking through the policy on education overwhelmed by the teachers debate – they were trapped intellectually and practically and failed to see the opportunity that the interest relief would provide for British Columbians who see that graduating students need to become healthy consumers in the market place.




Cathy Jones to Headline at Green Gala

7 07 2014

Saturday Evening Gala

This just in: Cathy Jones, beloved East Coast Comedienne of This Hour Has 22 Minutes fame, has agreed to come and help out at our Saturday Evening Gala

Join us on Saturday, July 19, for a good ol’fashioned Kitchen Party! We will be hosting greens from right across Canada, and we want to show them how to have a good time, East Coast Style!

Beginning at 6:30PM (Atlantic Time) we will mix and mingle with conventioneers from across the country and local constituents of Fredericton.

The evening will be hosted by, and feature a keynote — knock your socks off — speech by Elizabeth May.

Come out and join a great evening of local food, and great music by local band Different Folk, while also helping us raise money for the 2015 Campaign Fund!

 





Liz May In the House

6 07 2014
Elizabeth May talks cooperation, pipelines and election fairness
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This week on The House, the narrative that seems to be emerging from the results of recent byelections is that the next federal election could very well come down to a showdown between the incumbent Conservatives and a resurging Liberal party. Guest-host Terry Milewski talks toGreen Party leader Elizabeth May, who vows to remain a factor. Then, our In House panelists Tasha Kheiriddin and Emmanuelle Latraverse discuss the NDP’s challenges heading into next year.

It’s yet another rebuff of the federal government’s agenda by the Courts. On Friday, the Federal Court ruled the controversial cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program for refugee claimants unlawful and unconstitutional. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander says the government will appeal the decision. We ask Lorne Waldman, the president of  the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and lead counsel in this case, what the ruling means and what he expects will happen next.

Embattled Justice Minister Peter Mackay will be back in the spotlight on Monday. It won’t be to discuss his controversial comments about female judges, but rather to testify in front of the Justice Committee about the government’s prostitution bill. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Justice Minister, Bob Dechert, and the NDP’s Justice critic, Francoise Boivin, join us for a preview.

With federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney set to meet with his provincial counterparts next week in PEI, we asked that province’s Innovation Minister, Allen Roach, to talk about PEI’s issues with the recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. You can listen to that interview below:





Elizabeth May: MacKay’s Prostitution Law Fails on All Counts

5 06 2014

@kylefarq Party policy favours legalization. We need to keep sex workers safe.

I agree w : Peter MacKay’s prostitution law a failure on all counts

Reading prostitution act I wonder if Harper plans to run an election based on attacking the Supreme Court. So clearly ignores Bedford.

John Ivison: Peter MacKay’s prostitution law a failure on all counts

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Peter MacKay’s role as Attorney General of Canada requires him to be the guardian of the rule of law. He is mandated to protect the personal liberties of Canadians and advise Cabinet to ensure its actions are legal and constitutional.

Jesse Kline: The state re-enters the bedroom with new prostitution legislation

Pierre Trudeau had many deeply flawed ideas, but he was right about one thing: “There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.”

The way this country deals with prostitution has traditionally followed the idea that the government has no business interfering in Canadians’ private sex lives, so long as economic transactions for sexual services are conducted in private. Before the Supreme Court stuck down many of Canada’s prostitution laws late last year, selling sex was perfectly legal, but practices that took place in public — such as negotiating on the street and running a brothel — were illegal.

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By introducing a new law on prostitution that is all but certain to be struck down by the courts, he has failed on all counts.

The new law makes it an offence for the first time in Canada to purchase sexual services, or to communicate in any place for that purpose. It makes it an offence to receive a material benefit from sexual services and it prohibits the advertising of sexual services in newspapers or online.

The main targets are “the perpetrators, the perverts, the pimps,” according to Mr. MacKay. But it also takes aim at prostitutes, if they try to sell sexual services in “public places” where people under 18 might reasonably be expected to be present.

Last December, the Supreme Court struck down the existing law on prostitution, on the basis that it diminished the security of sex workers, in violation of section 7 of the Charter of Rights.

There have been a number of studies conducted, before and since the Supreme Court decision, on the impact of shifting the guilt burden from sellers to purchasers, including one conducted in Vancouver and published in the British Medical Journal. None suggest the well-being of sex workers is enhanced – the key ingredient of any constitutional law.

When johns are targeted, prostitutes continue to take steps to avoid police detection; they are unable to screen clients and remain at risk of violence, abuse and HIV.

Prohibition of the purchase of sex is as likely to violate sex workers’ rights of security in the eyes of the Supreme Court, as prohibition of the selling of sex.

This bill is likely to make life even more unsafe for many prostitutes. If they can’t advertise their services to persuade the johns to come to them, many more are likely to take to the streets in search of business.

The government says it will spend $20-million to assist sex workers to leave the industry. But does Mr. MacKay seriously think this is going to reduce the number of women selling sex – or improve the lot of those who remain?

None of this bodes well for the long-term survival of this legislation.





Happy May Day, Elizabeth May

2 05 2014

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Elizabeth May and Bruce Hyer Recall Their First Earth Day

22 04 2014

Today is Earth Day!

Take a minute to watch this video of Elizabeth May and Bruce Hyer talking about their involvement in planning the world’s first ever Earth Day, back in 1970, and their hope for the future.

 





May: UnFair Elections Act Shuts Out Thousands of Voters

16 04 2014

With all the talk about the Conservatives’ so-called “Fair Elections Act,” my mind keeps coming back to what Elizabeth May has said right from the start:

“The crisis in Canadian democracy is not that Canadians are voting more than once, it is that they are voting less than once.”

And that is what this issue is all about.

We see on TV, and we read in the news, strong criticisms of this bill from professional journalists and public commentators.

We hear expert testimony from independent and trusted officials — like Sheila Fraser and Marc Mayrand — telling us that this bill is an assault on our democracy.

We talk with our friends and family and we express shock that the Conservatives think they can get away with:

 Preventing Elections Canada from encouraging youth to vote
 Letting winning candidates choose the people who run your local voting place
 Opening loopholes so that they can spend even more during elections
 Stopping Elections Canada from investigating election fraud like the robocalls scandal or even warning Canadians that such a fraud is taking place

But you and I know it comes down this —

If this bill passes, hundreds of thousands of Canadians will be prevented from voting.

The good news is that this bill is not yet law. The good news is that Canadians are taking action. The good news is that by coming together — you, me, and tens of thousands of our fellow citizens — we can defend our democracy.

Add your name to our petition today. Show the Harper Conservatives that you are a defender of our democracy.

Shaun, we set a goal to reach 30,000 signatures by the end of the week. Be a part of this important movement and add your name today:

greenparty.ca/defend-our-democracy

Thank you,

Emily

Emily McMillan
Executive Director
Green Party of Canada