First of all I want to say thank you: thank you to everyone who supported my campaign, both with time and money, thank you to everyone who has encouraged me along the way, and thank you to everyone who voted for me. Congratulations to Green Party candidates Aird Flavelle (Abbotsford – Mission) and Michael Patterson (Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows) for running good campaigns in the neighbouring ridings. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to get to know you over the past month.
Congratulations to Marc Dalton on his re-election in Maple Ridge – Mission and to Mike Bocking for running a good campaign.
I am excited about the fact that Andrew Weaver got elected in Oak Bay-Gordon Head so the Green Party will have a voice in our Provincial Legislature. I am confident he will do a good job representing his constituents, and the Green Party.
There is disappointment, though, in our low voter turnout. I think this may reflect on the fact that voters are being asked to vote out of fear, rather than hope. I believe that the future success of the Green Party depends on effectively delivering that message of hope to those voters who are currently feeling disengaged. If we can find a way to capture the attention of those people, we will see a breakthrough at the polling booth.
I enjoy being a part of our democratic process and intend to continue to stay involved in politics.
I went to an interesting gathering on Friday evening to listen to Paul Kershaw talk about “Generation Squeeze“. Haven’t heard of Generation Squeeze? Well check out this video (and the website) and then come back and read my comments below.
What can you do about this? Well, if you’re under age 45, take the time to vote on Tuesday, May 14… and then phone a couple friends under age 45 and tell them to do the same thing. It doesn’t matter who you vote for (although you could consider voting for me), the point of this is to see a better voter turnout in the younger age groups. If younger people show up at the polls in significantly greater numbers then all political parties will be more likely to pay attention to them.
By the way, if you’re older than 45, you should vote too… the stats say a majority of you already know that, so you don’t need me to tell you.