Green Party TV ads optimistic and effective

The Green Party began running a series of ads today to be broadcast through to the end of the campaign, this as Harris/Decima released poll results for September 29 – October 2 showing that, in Ontario, the Green Party is tied for third place with the NDP at 17 percent (and higher in some areas, according to H/D’s Bruce Anderson who appeared on CBC Newsworld’s Politics program ), while the Conservatives have a 34-31 percent lead over the Liberals. (More about the Politics broadcast below the videos.)

Green Party goes prime time with first-ever TV ads
OTTAWA – Fresh from a victory for Green leader Elizabeth May in the English-language televised leaders’ debates, the Green Party taking its momentum to the airwaves by releasing a series of historic television advertisements. Featuring leader Elizabeth May, the ads were released across Canada today. The ads mark the first-ever national television campaign for the Green Party.

In the ads, Ms. May is featured speaking about subjects that are close to the hearts of Canadians. She covers the Green Party’s economic plan, the elimination of poverty, protecting the natural world and improving democracy in Canada. The ads were filmed on Ms. May’s cross-country whistle-stop train trip, where she reached out to Canadians from coast to coast with the Green Party’s message of hope.

“The commercials provide a fresh approach to politics. They are unscripted, free from manipulation and are straight and honest,” said Jim McDonald, national campaign manager. “We wanted to raise the tone of political advertising in Canada.”

The ads will give Canadians the opportunity to hear Ms. May explain issues without stooping to the negative representations offered by the other parties.

The ads are being broadcast on all of Canada’s major networks, both in prime time and off-peak periods.

In addition, regional ads will target British Columbia and Quebec. Deputy leader and Vancouver Centre candidate Adriane Carr is featured in the British Columbia ads. The Quebec ads feature Claude William Genest deputy leader and candidate for Westmount-Ville-Marie.

English ads are running nationally on CTV, Global, CBC, CBC Newsworld, CTV Newsnet, E! Canada, and City-Toronto. French ads are running on TVA, Radio-Canada, and RDI. Videos are available on the Green Party’s YouTube Channel –

Elizabeth May 2008 TV Ad 1 – Grassroots

Claude Genest 2008 TV Ad 3

Elizabeth May 2008 TV Ad 2 – Poverty

Claude Genest 2008 TV Ad 2 (en français)

Elizabeth May 2008 TV Ad 3 – Economy

Adriane Carr 2008 TV Ad

Claude Genest 2008 TV Ad 4

Elizabeth May 2008 TV Ad 4 – Democracy

Claude Genest 2008 TV Ad 1 (en français)

Elizabeth May 2008 TV Ad 5 – Nature

Don Newman’s ‘Press Gallery Pundits’ today were Joan Bryden and Rob Russo from Canadian Press, Don Martin of the National Post and CBC Radio’s Chris Hall. Together they picked through the entrails of the two debates this week. Rob Russo said he thinks Stephane Dion’s English is better than Stephen Harper’s French but added that there’s a double standard when it comes to bilingualism in political life in Canada, which I agree with, whereby a francophone’s English must be more proficient than an anglophone’s French.

Chris Hall thought Harper was back on his heels in the early going in the English debate with Elizabeth May pointing out that the leaders had agreed to devote more time to discuss the economy and yet Harper showed up with no initiatives – let alone a platform.

On the question of minority/majority outcomes October 14, Russo said he believes Elizabeth May and the Greens are going to win many more votes than last time which will make it easier for Harper to win a minority – with even less than the 36% of the vote he won last time. (Of course the Liberals and NDP have been terrorizing us with that line for months now.) Newman and Martin tossed about the irony of Elizabeth’s strength perhaps coming at the expense of Dion whom she has said she would favour as Prime Minister over Harper.

I won’t be budged. The more individual votes the Greens can win, the better the party will be able to operate as a forceful voice on climate change and other issues. It is what Elizabeth refers to as the perversity of the first-past-the-post electoral system that so poorly reflects the will of Canadians. If the Greens get, say, ten percent of the votes across the country on October 14 it seems crazy that we would not have seats in Parliament.

So vote Green. With election financing the vote is worth about $10 to the party over the life of a government. That’s money to be used to grow, to broaden our support and to help Canadian democracy.



Elizabeth wins debate debate

Conservative leader Stephen Harper and NDP leader Jack Layton have now agreed to let Green leader Elizabeth May participate in the nationally-televised leaders debate October 2. Layton relented this afternoon, apparently breaking a pact he had with the Harper campaign, so then the Conservative camp caved. Layton was being hounded by questions and, with a handful of supporters of Oshawa Green Pat Gostlin circling the NDP bus, protests were only going to grow.

Now, back to the election campaign.


The debate heat is following Layton

Protests do not have to be large to get attention in election campaigns. NDP leader Jack Layton was touting a new jobs plan when a few Greens intervened to ask him about the role he played in keeping Green Party leader Elizabeth May out of the upcoming televised debates.

Here’s how reported it:

Green protester removed from event

Before Layton spoke, police politely removed a lone protester from the parking lot where the event was being staged, the CBC’s James Cudmore reported from Oshawa.

Cavan Gostlin was protesting the NDP leader’s refusal to allow Green Leader Elizabeth May to participate in the nationally televised leaders debates.

“Come on, Jack. What are you afraid of?” said Gostlin, a Green party member who told reporters his ex-wife is Pat Gostlin, the Green candidate in Oshawa.

As Gostlin marched alone up and down the sidewalk beside the NDP event, two women bearing placards saying “Let Elizabeth speak” joined him.

Layton has faced heavy criticism from many self-proclaimed New Democrats for his opposition to May’s participation in the leaders’ debates next month. Layton is believed to have threatened, along with his Conservative counterpart, to boycott the events if May is allowed to participate.

Of course the website also provides lots of space for comments and, yes, many Canadians discussed the policy initiative Layton was trying to present but many – some quoted here – had another message for him:

Sorry Jack…I am another life long NDP voter joining the ranks of NDP voters who will be decamping your team this election! Heather H. tried to keep you on topic this morning re the Elizabeth May debate and you totally refused to answer her questions re your part in the refusal..behind closed doors etc.. Its a good thing your were not taking a polygraph…you would have failed miserably. I loved your ideas re monies to corporations with the caveat that they be innovative and keep jobs in Canada. The problem is I can not trust your integrity to follow through. If you can’t handle a debate with EM, how will you stand up to the Corporate Big Boys? Shame, shame

Jack we expected great things from you and all you’ve done is prevaricate.SO SAD

You know before Jack took the cowards appoarch in regards to letting Elizabeth May debate I might have read his comments

not now!

the man(?) does not exist as far as I am concerned

It would appear that the Greens scare Layton as much as they do Harper. Democracy is good, Jack. Look into it. Especially with a name like New Democrats. Why would Layton allow himself to be seen as having the same playbook as Harper? Bad move. So the Greens have a deal with the Liberals, boo-freakin’-hoo.

I no longer care what Layton sas about labour issues or anything else. His threat to boycott the leader’s debate if the Greens could participate shows his true stripes. Say ‘whatever’ to promote himself. The voices of Canadians, all Canadians don’t matter.

There’s an irony that the NDP supports proportional representation in Parliament but Layton excludes voices from taking part in a democratic debate . Why should all folksbe represented in a PR system but not represented at the debate to get there? Layton should immediately apologize to the Green Party leader AND to members of his own party who have struggled for years to ger PR on the discussion table.

Jack… I used to think you were a decent guy. Now… all I have to say is take your ball and go home. You stand against freedom of speech, opinion and belief. You stand against a woman (Elizabeth May) because she scares you. Your ideology is dead pal. D.E.A.D. Should be trying to make friends with the greens (the only party gaining any substantial support) instead of creating enemies with them. Oh well you made your bed pal.

THANK YOU Cavan Gostlin, and others, there to hold Layton to account for his refusal to debate Elizabeth May!

after boycotting Elizabeths May inclusion in the Electoral Debates I can’t take anything this man says seriously. LEAST of all anything Green. I can’t believe i ever gave this man my vote

I’m another traditional NDP voter right royally ticked off with Jack’s performance re Elizabeth May and the Green Party’s particpation in the leaders debate. As a matter of fact I will not be voting NDP again federally or provincially (sorry Howard) until Jack is no longer leader.

If only the NDP would stop shielding the bullies and the privateers in their wrong decision to exclude Ms May from the debates, they would truly form a formidable alternative way of leading and governing.

I’m amazed Jack Layton can’t see that, regarding Elizabeth May’s participation in the debates, he’s in a losing situation. Keeping her out will win him few, if any, votes and will, on the contrary, lose him quite a few. What’s he afraid of? Isn’t he sure that what he and his party has to offer Canadians is better than anything the Greens have? I’ve voted NDP all my adult life, but, unless Layton agrees to May’s participation, here’s one vote he won’t be getting.