3 May 2011

Elizabeth May elected as Green Party Member of Parliament

Not much good news from Canada's election day.

The right wing Tories are back in power.

Although interesting that the left NDP are now the opposition.

And like Caroline Lucas, the Green Party leader Elizabeth May has won a seat in Ottawa on first past the post.

I think Liz is less radical than are own Caroline but good news.

Green party leader Elizabeth May pulled off a remarkable upset to defeat Conservative cabinet minister Gary Lunn and become her party's first-ever elected MP.

May, 56, led from the first poll to oust the minister of state for sport who won the past five elections in the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.

Despite being barred from the federal leaders' debate and largely ignored by the national media, the lawyer built momentum throughout the campaign.

"Today we proved that Canadians want change in politics," May said. "I stand here today as the first elected Green member in Canadian history."

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/decision-canada/breaks+through+first+Green/4715011/story.html#ixzz1LI92NNi3

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