And if the next leader of the greens was Quebecois?

And if the next leader of the greens was Quebecois?


You have to be motivated to be tempted by the leadership of the Green Party of Canada. 

The party has held on with a spit since the tumultuous reign of Annamie Paul.  

His credibility needs to be rebuilt, as are his finances.  

The Green Party had its worst electoral performance in 20 years last fall.  

To give you an idea of ​​the slide, the Greens garnered less than 400,000 votes, or 2, 3% of votes cast. A good performance for 5th place, behind Maxime Bernier's People's Party. 

In 2019, 1.2 million voters voted green (6.5% of the popular vote). 

Meanwhile, Bernier has progressed by collecting 850,000 votes, or 5% of the vote in October. 

Several Quebecers 

Be that as it may, the race to succeed Annamie Paul officially begins at the end of August, and it risks attracting several Quebec candidates.  

It must be said that the party has this time adopted a strict rule of bilingualism (except for Aboriginal candidates), which obviously does not suit everyone elsewhere in the country.

According to the Toronto Star, former federal Green candidates Chad Walcott and Dalila Elhak are interested, as well as Alex Tyrrell, the leader of the Quebec Greens. 

Another aspiring Quebec candidate is added, the rights activist of the man Jonathan Pedneault. 

This “outsider” has just taken his party membership card after leaving his job as a researcher at Human Rights Watch, he who rolled his bump in the middle NGOs for 15 years.  

His campaign will aim, among other things, to “demonstrate that the party is capable of restoring order in the hut”. 

His own cabin.  

“You have to be more disciplined,” he told me recently in an interview.  

It would indeed be a good start ! And this bilingualism rule, what does he think?

“I agree, it shows our seriousness. But I'm also ready to accept that a candidate commits to learning French.”

Cautious governments

Jonathan Pedneault seems to want to position himself as the anti-cynicism and realist candidate.  

“For me, it is essential that the environmentalist discourse stick its fingers out of its nose and look around a bit,” he told me over a coffee in Ottawa. It's easy to be an environmentalist when you live in the Plateau-Mont-Royal district. » 

It is indeed easier to do small daily actions that are good for the environment when you can live on foot, take the metro, do most of your organic and local purchases in a radius one kilometer.

“It's another story to make the right choices when you work two part-time jobs and you have to spend two hours a day in a car to earn a salary that may not be enough for you. to buy a house. » 

« The blame certainly does not lie with the citizen who lives in the region or the person who uses his car every day. »  

So who is to blame for the precipitous degradation of our environment? 

Especially, according to him, governments that have been too reluctant to force large industries to pollute less when it was time to act.

Large industries that often receive generous state subsidies, therefore taxpayers.  

The attractiveness of regions with the rise of telecommuting should also be an incentive to invest in public transit in smaller municipalities.  

“My family comes from Lac-Saint-Jean, I spend a lot of time there. There is little infrastructure that allows people to make ecological choices,” he said.

Bernier and Poilievre 

Get closer to the regions, of course, but also to those who feel excluded, those sensitive to the arguments of Maxime Bernier and Pierre Poilievre.

These voters angry at “the system” that the progressives look down on and that the right manipulates, according to him.

“There are many people who have come out the losers of globalization. I came out a winner from that. » 

« There are many people who work 40, 50 hour weeks and whose finances hold with the pin, who are told by the political and media elites that they are intolerant , that they don't understand politics. » 

« What Bernier was able to do was go and listen to these people. » 

Listen, speak to them without judgment to combat polarization. 

A noble, sensible approach, but whose limits we can imagine in the face of the ravages of misinformation.  

“What interests me, first and foremost, is to restore the bond of trust between politicians and the population.

The Green Party will elect its next leader on November 19.

And if the next leader of the greens was Quebecer?