Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (seen campaigning in Victoria in 2013) had high hopes of winning the riding in last fall's federal election. It didn't happen and now the party has been sanctioned for contravening the Canada Election Act. We see May in the midst of supporters wearing a grey raincoat. Her arms are extended wide and her mouth agape as she embraces a crowd. Behind her stands blond lady holding a sign that says "Vote Green."

Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (seen campaigning in Victoria in 2013) had high hopes of winning the riding in last fall's federal election. It didn't happen and now the party has been sanctioned for contravening the Canada Election Act.
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Green Party issues apology for tactics in B.C. riding

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Sanctioned by Canada’s election watchdog, the Green Party has issued a public apology for tactics it used in a British Columbia riding in the run-up to last fall’s federal vote.

The apology was contained in a statement issued by the party’s executive director, Emily McMillan, late Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Elections Canada sanctioned the party for deliberately pushing “misleading” election polling data in Victoria riding and ordered it to issue an apology on its website and in a national news release.

Canada Elections Commissioner Yves Côté said flyers distributed in the riding during the campaign’s final week suggested the local Green candidate, Jo-Ann Roberts, was in a virtual tie with the NDP candidate, Murray Rankin.

In fact, he said, the NDP lead had been increasing and the internal Green party poll was a week old.

Rankin, the incumbent, won the riding by over 6,000 votes.

The commissioner also found that the flyers did not include the poll’s margin of error–plus or minus 9.8 per cent–contravening the Canada Elections Act.

The riding is an urban seat in the heart of Victoria, containing all of the small municipality of Victoria itself, as well Oak Bay and the Cadboro Bay neighbourhood.

The Green Party won just one of 338 seats in last fall’s election–Party Leader Elizabeth May in the B.C. riding of Saanich—Gulf Islands.

With CP and CBC files.

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One comment on “Green Party issues apology for tactics in B.C. riding
  1. Avatar david Gerrior says:

    Considering who their leader is , Elizabeth May, who only is in the Saanich Gulf-Islands so she can get paid to continue her environmental causes. She has little interest in local issues and does not devote much time to her voters (or those who did not vote for her). We are being ripped-off by Ms. May who turns over her local work to a staff who do not have the experience or understanding to do “her job!.
    If Ms. May wants to have a stage at the national level then she should work for those organizations. But she cannot work for a number of them as she had in the past. She was parachuted into our riding because she could not get nominated much less elected in her home riding in Cape Breton. So, it does not surprise me that poor research was done here and that there was no one to monitor them. Jo-Ann Roberts should have known better after serving as the morning host for the local CBC station. The leader of the party is incompetent and should have been on-site to monitor such things. But she was far too busy focused on environmental issues to run a proper election.

    Misleading is what we have to put up with each day from Elizabeth May’s office. Hopefully, the next time around we will elect someone who has our interests at heart and not consumed with fulfilling her own agenda!!