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BC Leaders Debate on the Bill Good Show

When I first heard of the provincial election was officially underway on April 14, I am astounded how swift and speedy the election process is. (Voting day is on the 28th day after the date on which the election is called.) But it didn’t take me long to consider which party to vote for. Who do we have? The incumbent Gordon Campbell and the Liberals, next we have Carole James and the NDP, and then there is the Green Party (which I’ve heard very little about and even had no idea whom was party leader).

So I thought about the choices I have as a voter. Do I want another term with Gordon Campbell? Could British Columbia ever trust the NDP again (especially during this economic crisis) or at all? And knowing very little about the Green Party, I thought to myself, I’m going to vote Green! Heck, why not? It is almost predictable of Gordon Campbell’s leadership from what the Liberals have been doing and will continue on doing; and it is probably even more predictable what Carole James and the NDPs will likely do to this province. So why not roll the dice and go along for an adventure ride with the BC Green Party?

Interestingly enough, I was able to follow the leaders debate on the Bill Good Show of my favourite talk radio station, CKNW, yesterday morning. Even various staff from the channel expected that the discussion will be predominantly be between Gordon Campbell and Carole James. I finally heard, for the first time, the name of the Green Party leader, Jane Sterk. I had expected that it would be a man as the leader. Instead, I thought I heard a voice of an unknown and rather nervous sounding woman as the party leader. But I didn’t let that discourage me. I thought to myself: C’mon Jane, show me what you’ve got!

The debate was rather impressive! The leaders allowed each other to speak without interrupting. Gordon Campbell, a veteran politician, spoke with ease about what the Liberals have done and what they will continue to do for this province. Carole James, however, constantly attacked and slandered Gordon Campbell and the Liberals as corrupt, dishonest, and pro-business as oppose to for-the-people. As for Jane Sterk, she became more and more impressive as the debate continued.

Listen and judge for yourself:

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Carole James’ performance was quite a let-down for me as I had initially perceived her as a talented and confident woman, but for the wrong party. I guess she too is the wrong leader along with the wrong party. If you had a chance to listen to all three segments of the debate, doesn’t Carole James sound like a henpecking wife? And poor hubby, Gordon Campbell, have formed a callous to her insistent nagging to not even bother arguing back.

I have been told that I’m just wasting my vote on the BC Green Party. It is anticipated that the impending election will be primarily between the Liberals and the NDPs. Nonetheless, my vote is strongly with Jane Sterk and the BC Green Party. Although a good canon of voting is to be undecided until the last minute.

Voting day is May 12!

Jane Sterk - BC Green Party

Without the BC Green Party in this election, the main message of the campaign would be: He’s arrogant and she’s incompetent. This polarization is unhealthy and nonproductive at a time when more than ever, we need bold solutions to solve the economic, social, and environmental problems we face. The BC Green Party is a legitimate third choice and we have a better plan for BC. We have fresh ideas and a different approach to government based on civility and responsibility…

-Jane Sterk, Leader of the BC Green Party

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1 Comment

  1. Tony Chung

    April 25, 2009

    It's not the first time the Green Party has shown themselves ready for debate. Elizabeth May, leader of the federal Greens also garnered an incredible amount of support after the leaders debate (from which you may remember she was originally excluded).

    Not content with mere whale saving, the Greens have a valid platform, are well researched, and prepared to take the province and the world by storm.

    Sadly, our first-past-the-post election system won't ever give them seats in government. Research the STV and determine for yourself whether it will work in BC. The STV will really help the Greens because most voters will choose them as their second choice.

    For instance, maybe I'm a die-hard Red or Blue voter first, but my second choice will be Green. All those second choices will provide ample support to elect additional people into power, and you can bet your bottom dollar that candidate will be a Green.

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