Last week, The Times Colonist's Paul Willcocks pointed out, "If Green voters had shifted to the Liberals or New Democrats, the outcome (of the election) could have been much different - from an NDP majority government to a more dominant Liberal one. There were 18 races close enough that Green votes, redistributed, could have changed the outcome." But the party's provincial leader Jane Sterk took umbrage with that analysis.
"And there were nine Liberal races where the same would be said to be true. I think the assumption that our vote goes to the NDP is offensive. And I want it off the table because we are not the NDP," responded Ms. Sterk on Public Eye Radio. "I've just handed you a document that shows you on key issues the major differences between the Green Party and the other two parties. And it is not any longer a political reality that the Green Party is even close to the NDP. We have profoundly differently policies."
So is the Green leader "p.o.'ed" with Mr. Willcocks, who also stated, "The party seems, if not pointless, at least an ineffective way to bring change.?
"Of course I was," Ms. Sterk replied. "I'm p.o'ed at every column that - you know the pundits say, the political elite are all saying, "The Green Party should just disappear. I should go and run for one of the parties. I mean, give me a break."