Green Party Leader Elizabeth May reacts to the federal budget as he speaks to reporters in the foyer of the House of Common on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 6, 2011. May says the Harper government is gutting its ability to deal with climate change by laying off key researchers at Environment Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The Green Party of Canada announced over the weekend it will not field a candidate in the upcoming federal byelection in Labrador, and it suggests the NDP should do likewise.
In a news release issued Saturday, party leader Elizabeth May said there is a need for “electoral co-operation in the interest of proportional representation.” She added that “not fielding a candidate is the right thing to do for the country.”
May also categorized the byelection as rushed given Elections Canada may yet find Conservative candidate Peter Penashue — whose recent resignation from parliament triggered the need for a byelection — guilty of wrongdoing in relation to his 2011 election campaign.
Elections Canada has not confirmed whether it is investigating Penashue’s campaign spending in the last federal election, but it is known that 28 contributions totalling $46,500 have been identified as either ineligible contributions or overpayments to Penashue’s campaign.
An announcement on who will run for the NDP is expected to be made late Sunday afternoon. Liberal MHA Yvonne Jones has already expressed interest in running, while the man who lost to Penashue by less than 100 votes in 2011, former MP Todd Russell, has not announced his intentions.