Election night: Election of leader a victory for Green Party

Although their champion finished fourth in the Nanaimo-Alberni riding, you wouldn’t know it. The Green gathering at the Old Dutch Inn in Qualicum Beach sounded far more like a victory celebration.

  • May. 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Green Party candidate Myron Jespersen

Although their champion finished fourth in the Nanaimo-Alberni riding, you wouldn’t know it. The Green gathering at the Old Dutch Inn in Qualicum Beach sounded far more like a victory celebration.

In fact, said candidate Myron Jespersen, that’s exactly what it was.

“Our major goal was to get Elizabeth May elected and she has been declared elected, so we’re pretty excited. We’re pumped,” he said. That was a game changer for us. We’re happy.”

Happy indeed, a fact made clear with loud cheers and applause when Elizabeth May appeared on the television screen to give her victory address.

Jespersen stressed he wasn’t overly concerned about the collapse of the Green vote across the country.

“That’s to be expected,” he said. “We didn’t run a national campaign like we did last time. We focused on getting Elizabeth May elected.”

Having May sitting in the House of Commons, he said, will prove a major step for Greens in Canada and bodes well for the next election.

“We will have a daily voice in Ottawa and the media will pay attention to us,” he said. “We’ll get daily exposure and be able to stand up in question period and ask questions, have media scrums, have a budget to have an office and that kind of thing. We’ll also get in the next leaders debate, unless they change the criteria.”

However, Jespersen conceded his party didn’t achieve all its goals.

“We had many objectives,” he said. “One was to have fun and we’re with a group of people who had a lot of fun. We really wanted to see Elizabeth May elected and that happened. But we also wanted to hold onto the gains we had in the last election and that didn’t happen. We are down at seven per cent or something like that and we wanted to hold onto the 10 per cent.”

Just Posted

11th annual Magic Cottage kicks off this weekend in Port Alberni

Cottage will be open over two weekends in November

Port Alberni RCMP hold second bike registration event

Project 529 will be at Canadian Tire on Saturday, Nov. 17

Husky Gas Station robbed on Third Avenue

Port Alberni RCMP still searching for suspect

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Port Alberni care homes benefit from funding to purchase new safety equipment

Echo Village and Fir Park Village will be receiving $32,500 each

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Road rescue near Sayward points to volunteer need

Fire department recruits can be tough for small, remote communities

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Most Read