An attempt by environmental groups to sway the result of the provincial Liberal leadership race could have significant consequences whichever candidate the community endorses. Earlier, we reported Organizing for Change and the Dogwood Initiative are encouraging supporters to become, at least temporarily, members of that party. Neither organization is endorsing a specific candidate. In fact, the Dogwood Initiative says it can't because it's a non-partisan organization. But the environmental community's preference will be signalled by other groups such as Conservation Voters of BC. If the environmentalists are successful in recruiting and then mobilizing a large number of new party members, that could be good news for whichever candidate is endorsed. But it could also be bad news, if the endorsee comes to be seen as a cat's paw for environmentalists - representing an effort by the community to takeover the party. And that bad news becomes even worse if the the environmentalists' recruitment drive only signs-up a small number of Liberals.
February 3, 2011