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Election 2019

Elizabeth May’s dilemma 

By Susan Riley       

So while science, a new generation, this particular moment, popularity, and history are all on Elizabeth May’s side, the electoral cards are stacked against her. It will take a truly mighty wave to carry her, and her message, to an influential position in our next Parliament.

Listen up, earthlings: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, pictured on Sept. 12, 2019, in Toronto after taking part in the Maclean's CityTV leaders' televised debate. Absent proportional representation, the Green Party could significantly increase its popular vote, but end up with only a handful of seats. Apart from Vancouver Island and the Guelph area, the Green vote is scattered. Greens are cautiously hoping for 12 seats, which would give them official party status, but may have to settle for four, writes Susan Riley. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

CHELSEA, QUE.—For a while, it looked as if this election might be the breakthrough Elizabeth May and her ardent Green Party supporters have been working towards for decades. It still could be, but the forecast remains uncertain in an unsettled season.

Susan Riley

Susan Riley is a veteran political columnist and regular contributor to The Hill Times.
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