Inching toward victory?

As was in the case in 2005, the provincial Greens are hoping to win a seat in the legislature. But, statistically, there's little difference between the party then and the party now. When the election was called four years ago, Mustel Research Group Ltd. reported the Greens were polling at 10 percent. In 2009, that number was 12 percent. The Greens raised $136,871.77 in 2008 - just $34,291.77 more then they did in the year before the last election. And, according to the Canadian Newsstand database, between the time the writ was dropped and May 1, 2009 party leader Jane Sterk's name has been mentioned in the press 138 times. By comparison, over the same period in 2005, her predecessor's name was mentioned 130 times.


I think the real goal for the Greens in this election is to get BC-STV passed. Obviously I'm sure they'd love to elect an MLA, but their best shot at making a breakthrough is to establish a system (STV) where they are more likely to get people into the legislature.

With such a small voter base, the Greens won't have much effect on the referendum. Considering that a large portion of the Yes vote last time was based on a reaction against the 77-2 Leg. The system corrected itself as it always does, I doubt STV will even achieve 50% support.

This may be very naive of me, but I don't vote based upon the number of times a candidate or their party is mentioned in the press.

Nor do I base my voting decisions upon the amount of monies a candidate has drummed up.

I make my decision based upon discussions with the candidates and review of their literature.

The substance of this article puzzles me. It is a sad day indeed if people are influenced by measure of this type.

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