Thursday October 9th the first Green party candidate to announce support for the Liberals is in the Quebec riding of Longueuil - Pierre-Boucher. The Greens Danielle Moreau announced her support for the Liberal Party's Ryan Hillier today, stating that her decision was realistic, that she wanted to make a difference to get Stephen Harper out. CBC reports:
"We must be realistic," said Moreau, who is fighting her first election even though she has been a Green Party member since 1993.It is reported Moreau did not consult Elizabeth May before she made the decision, however Moreau did suggest, May would "probably approve of my choice in my riding, because she does not want Mr. Harper to stay in."
"What I want is that [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper is out," she said.
Liberal Ryan Hillier welcomes the support:
"I am of course very happy that she is inciting voters who were going to support the Green Party, and those who care about the environment, to support me come election day. However, I know I will have to show myself worthy of the trust they put in me if I am elected thanks to their support."Moreau's choice of supporting Hillier is interesting, considering in the 2006 election the Liberals in the riding of Longueuil - Pierre-Boucher came in third receiving only 6,260 votes or 12.6% of the vote, well behind the incumbant Bloc and second place Conservatives. The Green Party came in fifth with 1,995 or 4.0% of the vote. In regards to this upcoming election, "Chrystal Ocean" in a post on the Green Party's website states:
"Let me point out that Hillier hasn't a hope of winning that riding either. The Bloc are far out front, polling at about 44%, and the Liberals well back in a tie with the CPC for second place. Green support was polling between 4 and 8 percent."Rumours of an alliance between the Greens and the Liberals have been circulating for months. They first began when May announced she wanted Stephane Dion the Liberal leader to become Prime Minister, and they were strengthened when both party leaders agreed not to run their party's candidates in each others riding. Most recently the Conservatives and the NDP both rejected May's attempts to enter the leadership debates citing there was such a Liberal-Green alliance.
While both May and Dion deny such a deal is in place, David Chernushenko, who lost to May for the Green party's leadership, in a telephone interview with the Globe and Mail attempted to further the existence of such a rumour, suggesting that May is responsible for selling out the Green Party:
“Every candidate deserves to be fairly considered for a vote and I don't believe in strategic voting and I don't believe that any Green candidate, volunteer or donor should be sold out."Whether there is a Liberal-Green alliance or not, with the fact that Stephane Dion owes his own Liberal leadership victory to the possible alliance and effective support of Gerard Kennedy and his supporters, one can not ignore the similarities between the underdog Dion of then and the underdog Dion of now; especially considering those who organized his leadership bid are now organizing his bid now.
Asked if that is what he believes Ms. May has done, Mr. Chernushenko's answer was yes.
In my own opinion I should note that one strong reason in support for the Liberal Party to keep holding its epic leadership conventions, is that all those Liberals from across Canada who attend, in campaigning for their respective Leadership candidates will practice and learn the techniques that they then can turn around and use during a federal election for the party as a whole. In that aspect, I would postulate, what the Dion campaign did in Montreal, they will now attempt to do across Canada.