Federal Greens hitting new highs in polls

Do you follow Nik Nanos’ weekly tracking poll of federal party support? It’s got a lot of interesting stuff in it such as preferred Prime Minister and Nanos’ weekly “Power Index”. However, the number I’m mostly interested in is federal party support, which he does both nationally and broken down by region. There are interesting results both nationally and regionally for the Greens in this poll.

Nationally, the federal Green Party has hit Continue reading “Federal Greens hitting new highs in polls”

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Federal Greens hitting new highs in polls

Do you follow Nik Nanos’ weekly tracking poll of federal party support? It’s got a lot of interesting stuff in it such as preferred Prime Minister and Nanos’ weekly “Power Index”. However, the number I’m mostly interested in is federal party support, which he does both nationally and broken down by region. There are interesting results both nationally and regionally for the Greens in this poll.

Nationally, the federal Green Party has hit Continue reading “Federal Greens hitting new highs in polls”

BC’s exclusive use of First-Past-the-Post not as long-standing as most people think

British Columbia has a long history of changing it’s electoral system… and every time thus far, it’s been without a referendum. I decided to research how many times BC has done so, and I was shocked at how frequent it has been. BC’s exclusive use of first-past-the-post (FPTP) for provincial elections is surprisingly recent.

For BC’s first election in 1871, the majority of ridings were elected under Continue reading “BC’s exclusive use of First-Past-the-Post not as long-standing as most people think”

Thoughts on Canada Day and Canada’s indigenous peoples

I’ve been thinking a lot about the discussion regarding Canada 150 and indigenous peoples. I’ve been pleased to see the Green Party being perhaps the most vocal on pointing out that Canada’s history dates back a lot more than 150 years and that the contribution of those that are neither English nor French is chronically under-represented.

As a child, I was taught that Continue reading “Thoughts on Canada Day and Canada’s indigenous peoples”

Greens lead in new poll of Fredericton NB

There’s something interesting going on for provincial Greens in Fredericton New Brunswick. As I write this the election is 15 months away, according to the sidebar on the right-hand side of the site, so there’s lots of time for it to change. But NB Green Party leader David Coon won a Fredericton riding in the last provincial election, and Greens did well in Fredericton in the last federal election, so something is happening there.

In the most recent Mainstreet Research public opinion poll of New Brunswick voting intention, for decided and leaning voters the NB Greens have 33% support in Fredericton, ahead of the Continue reading “Greens lead in new poll of Fredericton NB”

Welcome to my site on Green politics in Canada

This is my first post to my new site dedicated to discussing Canadian green politics in general, and the Green Party in particular. I’ve been a Green party supporter since 2001, and I’m a former candidate. In fact, I have the interesting distinction of being the first Green to run against Jon Horgan, when he and I were both rookie candidates for our respective parties in Langford BC in 2005.

Wait, you may ask, there are Continue reading “Welcome to my site on Green politics in Canada”

Riding-by-riding analysis of the May 2017 BC Election, as regards vote splitting

I decided to do a riding-by-riding analysis of the recent BC election, and here’s what I came up with:

– 48 ridings (55% of them) were won by 50% or more (24 BC Liberal; 23 NDP; 1 BC Green Party)

– 32 ridings (37% of them) were won by between 42% and 50%, but with a second-place candidate who was well back, meaning flipping the riding would require a massive and unlikely consolidation of support amongst supporters of the other candidates

Wow, that’s 80 of 87 ridings (92% of them) which appear to have a definitive result, one where subtracting candidates from the ballot would likely have made no difference to the outcome

The remaining 7 ridings Continue reading “Riding-by-riding analysis of the May 2017 BC Election, as regards vote splitting”