In the wake of Tuesday's near-miss election for the NDP, Green supporters were quickly made the Dippers' whipping boy, the sine qua non excuse for their failure.
A UBC analysis explodes the self-serving myth, seized upon by the Dippers in the aftermath of the vote, that the Green vote helped the Liberals retain power and cost the New Dems the election.
The Liberals took 40.9 per cent of the popular vote compared to the NDP's 39.9 per cent.
“There were three cases where the Greens seems to have directly or indirectly hurt the NDP,” said Harrison. Greens won two former NDP ridings and helped a Liberal to win in a third by siphoning off NDP votes, she said.
“But in eight other ridings, the increase in the Green vote share came disproportionately from the Liberals share and allowed the NDP to win when they arguably wouldn't have otherwise.
“The NDP would have done worse in this election if it were not for the Green vote,” said Harrison.
This invites us to revisit Mark Leiren-Young's opinion piece in The Georgia Strait in which the long-time NDP supporter asked why a Green should support the NDP at all.
As nervous NDPers ask why any “progressive” would trust the Greens, I can’t help wondering why any environmentalist would trust the NDP?
It wasn’t the Socreds or Liberals who declared environmentalists “enemies of British Columbia,” it was the NDP’s Glen Clark.
Carole James cynically campaigned on a campaign to axe BC’s globally admired carbon tax—torching her party’s environmental platform to kick off her bid to run the province.
B.C.’s former future Premier, Adrian Dix, was so committed to the NDP’s environmental stance that he called an audible on Kinder Morgan mid-campaign.
Followed by this prescient observation:
In a two-party race the NDP has historically been DOA, so even if the BC Liberals helped pump the Greens tires to split the Not So Liberal vote, with the Tories out of the game the B.C. NDP desperately needs Weaver in play to provide a home for voters who would rather be dead than orange. Why does nothing rhyme with orange? If you took the Greens off the ballot tomorrow, Clark could likely take million-dollar bribes on live TV, kick a dog or three, and still cruise to victory.
So suck on it, Dippers. You lost despite the Greens, not because of the Green vote.