Elizabeth May Elected First Canadian MP

In May 2 Federal Elections in Canada, Elizabeth May became the first Green Party candidate elected as a Member of Parliament.

Elizabeth May
, 56, has been the leader of the Green Party of Canada since 2006, vowing to raise the Green Party’s profile in Canada, particularly in the nationally televised debates. Although she was included in a debate several years ago, this election she was barred from the debate, which she used as a campaign issue in her campaign for MP representing Saanich-Gulf Islands on Vancouver Island.

Preliminary results show that Elizabeth May won the May 2, 2011 election with 48.13% of the vote, defeating Conservative MP Gary Lunn (33.73%) and NDP candidate Edith Loring-Kuhanga (12.28%).

In an Election Day message, Elizabeth May wrote: “Voting Green sends a clear message. It sends a message of hope. It sends a message that demands something better. It’s time. Vote Green.”

We will update this story as it happens.

Ronald Hardy


  1. WOOHOO! Congratulations to Elizabeth May and the Canadian Greens! It’s remarkable what she’s done in Canada to promote the Green Party and its message.

    This win, and that of Caroline Lucas in the UK, shows that our best hope for electing Greens to Congress in a plurality-take-all (first-past-the-post) voting system may be to target a small number of seats in Green-friendly districts with well-known candidates, and make sure those candidates get the resources they need to be competitive.

  2. I wish we had a “like” system as they do at Facebook. I agree with Dave, and Walter made the same point last night at FB.

  3. I had been thinking of something similar to Gregg’s comment. How feasible would it be for GPW to add”share” buttons, maybe facebook & twitter? Usually, the articles you link to do have shar buttons, so maybe its’ redundant.

  4. I’d like to know more about how their Party is organized internally…

  5. Wait, Im confused, Isn’t a plurality system, as was mentioned before, a bad thing for third parties?

    Just trying to connect the dots between Holly’s statement and plurality voting system.

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