Green Party not fielding candidate for Labrador byelection

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. 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.

Organizations: NDP, Elections Canada, Green Party The Green Party of Canada

Geographic location: Labrador

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  • saelcove
    March 25, 2013 - 10:30

    Better than unemployment insurance

  • Political Watcher
    March 25, 2013 - 06:10

    Considering the Green Party hasn't got a chance of winning it is very easy to say they are sitting this one out. It is difficult to take May and her party seriously anyway; last election they had candidates on the ballot who never stepped foot in the Province and some who were still in school in Ottawa. It appears that they use the election as their largest fundraiser for their party and not to provide true representation.

  • Jay
    March 24, 2013 - 19:23

    The Green Party is not running a candidate because they don't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning. The Liberals don't need their help. The only reason why the Conservatives won this seat in the last election was because Todd Russell did a terrible job while he was the MP. This is a safe Liberal seat which even Yvonne Jones can win. She can then set her career on snooze, collect her provincial pension and Federal salary, and laugh all the way to the bank until she retires. Let's hear it for democracy

  • Edgar
    March 24, 2013 - 16:52

    Of course the Greens can say this. They know they don't have any chance to win and in fact, would be lucky to get 100 votes. The NDP, on the other hand, do have a chance. They are strong traditionally in western Labrador, though they have struggled elsewhere (but who knows, with their role as Federal official opposition, some who didn't consider them before may look at this time around.) I believe that their main opposition won't be the Conservatives but instead will be the Liberals. Other than the Innu areas and diehard Conservatives, I can't see Labradorians voting for Peter Penashue this time around.

  • gerry
    March 24, 2013 - 16:43

    why the hell would they? the greens have would about as much chance as a snowball in the seventh level of hell....

  • garry
    March 24, 2013 - 14:25

    since the greens attract no more then about !% (except for an anomaly of 3.78% one election ) of the voters at any election in Labrador this could be considered nothing more then a cheap photo stunt

  • John Smith
    March 24, 2013 - 14:09

    Looks like the easter bunny came early this year...LOL