An Historic Election – The Green breakthrough

The federal election on Monday, May 2, 2011 was an historic night. I’m not talking about Prime Minster Stephen Harper gaining his sought-after majority government, or even the NDP and Jack Layton’s “orange wave” of MPs elected in Quebec. I’m addressing the historic occasion for supporters of the Green Party and it’s leader, Elizabeth May, finally getting the chance to represent greens across the country.

I’ve come to know May as a tireless campaigner for environmental issues and decorum in the House of Commons. With her election Monday night, I feel that she will be able to bring awareness to the devastating environmental impact Canada is making on the world, due to our oil production in Alberta and manufacturing industry. She will be a voice for millions of Canadians who are fed up with the old boys club in Ottawa and attempt to bring some civility into our parliament.

I truly hope she succeeds in her endeavour because she’s been campaigning for quite few years now as Green party leader and seeing her not able to join the leader debates during the election was a travesty. Elizabeth May is an inspiration to young Canadians because she continues to do her job, in spite of the opposition from the established parties. Now she’s been sent to Ottawa to do everything she promises and I’m sure she’ll be a positive influence on others who want to change this country for the better.

Adam Bemma is a journalist, humanitarian, and media consultant based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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