Greens Prepare for Government
Jim Harris, the Toronto based leader of the Green Party was in Ottawa this week launching his party's platform. Along with the platform, the Greens have set forth their vision of what they need to achieve winning conditions.
The Green strategy can be achieved by winning only a handful of seats (keeping in mind that it's difficult to fit more than one seat in your hand, two if you're Bill Blaikie), provided the electorate co-operates and elects a statemated parliament - a possibility which is seeming more and more likely with each passing day.
In the above event, the Greens plan on offering their support to whichever party meets their policy demands. While they have a fully planked platform, they will come into the negotiations with only two demands: they want action on proportional representation and a firm commitment to Kyoto.
The Greens are polling well enough in a few ridings, primarily in Vancouver and Hogtown, to stand a chance of winning representation. It's a longshot, but they've got victory of a sort in sight. The question now is if fate will give Jim Harris the chance to try and make it work.
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