if i didnt have three finals this week, id write a long post about how the greens need to reclaim the environmental issue. while we greens often find ourselves asked to articulate what we stand for "besides the environment," we are now in a political arena that is focussed on using environmental issues to differentiate the parties.
dion's minions hand out green scarves to distinguish him from the pack. chantal hebert issues an exhortation to the tories and dippers to catch up on the environment. may's 2nd place byelection finish is one of the more exciting bits of news this year.
green groups have been ranking the parties' respective environmental records for ages. dion was environment minister for quite a while, and his name definitely comes up in these evaluations. you can wear all the green you want, but it doesnt make you irish on st. patrick's day or green in the eyes of those devoted to studying the impact of environmental policy.
if i had more time to do anything but rant, id cite some of these. ill return to this over christmas break.
i hope the green party studies and employs these critiques, busts a slim shady, and tells the other parties that we are the green party, yes we're the real green party, all those other green parties are just imitating, so wont the real green party please stand up, please stand up?