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A Faithful Election Conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVUeyORV8EI



Salt Spring Forum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK5qm-vh5RI



North Saanich Residents Association: https://www.placespeak.com/en/topic/6103-north-saanich-residents-association/#/overview



Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEZgRapvqPU

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s Virtual All-Candidates’ Forum: 
https://www.victoriachamber.ca/canada-votes-2021.html#saanich-gulf-islands



Broadmead Residents Association: https://broadmead.ca/

All Candidates Meeting – Saanich – Federal Election Canada – September 16 2021 from Broadmead Area Residents’ Associ on Vimeo.


Capital Daily Podcast: https://www.capitaldaily.ca/podcast/your-candidates-your-questions-saanich-gulf-islands

National Animal Justice Protection: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=5931705360233432&ref=search

Good Sunday Morning from Elizabeth – Sept 12

Good Sunday Morning!

As if you didn’t know, one week to go with voting day next Monday, September 20.  With Advance Polls now, I know this reaches you on a day when you are heading out to vote. We are buoyed by Annamie’s excellent debate performance, heralded by journalists – Don Martin, Andrew Coyne and others as the winner! 

Yet, unexpectedly perhaps, I am feeling the need to write you about ashes.  

Yesterday, in the embrace of much needed rain, we scattered ashes. I managed to carve some time out of an intense schedule, to get to Salt Spring Island, to be with those near and dear to my adopted mom, Dorothy Cutting, for a ritual of remembrance.  As many of you will know, I dedicated this campaign to Dorothy as she left this world on August 16th, in her 91st year through medical assistance in dying.

When my mother died in 2003, Dorothy said, “Don’t worry sweetheart. I’ll be your mommy now,” which was as sweet and unexpected as any act of love in my life. I miss her terribly. 

Yesterday was also the twentieth anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Centre.  Ashes of a different kind. So painful. So paralyzing.

It occurs to me that I may have an uncommon number of connections to that moment.

My dear friend Richard, whose son was late to work, emerging from the subway before he could make his way to his desk at height in the South Tower. 

My stepson Sasha, working as a New York assistant district attorney, in the adjacent building with the well-known steps seen in the opening credits, week after week, to “Law and Order.” He and work colleagues watched in horror from their   windows as people fell to their deaths to avoid the fire. 

My daughter in law, Cristie, then Sasha’s girlfriend, was drawn closer to her now husband. Traumatized, they clung to each other.  The next day with all flights canceled, he rented a car and drove them non-stop – home to Toronto.  

Shaken.  

My godfather, actor Cliff Robertson, was in his Sesna flying over Manhattan from his home in East Hampton, Long Island that morning.  He thought he saw a thunderstorm ahead in a large storm cloud.  He told us, “And then I saw the second plane hit. I realized we were under attack. Within seconds, I received instructions to divert to Harrisburg Pennsylvania and land and stay there.”

And my friend from Sidney-by-the-Sea Rotary, Mike Jellinek, who, as incredible as is it may seem, was the person in control of the North American Aerospace Defence Command Centre (NORAD), and its fortress inside Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado – known as “the Mountain.”  Canadians take turns with S military in filling that role. 

Mike answered a lot of my lingering questions. 

I had wondered about the 9-11 narrative. Reading Gore Vidal’s book, Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta, I was persuaded that something was fishy in the failure to scramble F-16 fighter jets once it was confirmed that planes had been hijacked. 

Gore Vidal pointed out normal procedure was to get in the air fast and be prepared to shoot down a hijacked plane. He recounted the events around the death of pro golfer Payne Stewart, once his private plane deviated from its prescribed flight path. 

“Air force F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the private plane as it flew north-west, but were unable to detect any sign of life behind the aircraft windows …”

Gore Vidal laid out a very convincing case that someone in authority must have told those fighter jets to stand down.  This always bothered me.

So I asked Mike.  The answer was relatively obvious. Despite Gore Vidal’s genius, he missed it.  Once the terrorists turned off the transponders, no one could track them.  What anyone in air traffic control or the military could see was thousands of dots – every aircraft airborne. To find the hijacked planes was to find a needle in a haystack.  That’s why Cliff was diverted to Harrisburg. Not inefficiently, but very quickly.  Every pilot of every plane was told to land, with flight paths to a safe landing.

No one told the F16s to stand down.  Everything moved quickly. But not quickly enough.

I remembered when the bombs had gone off in the basement of the twin towers in 1993.  I watched on the evening news (if memory serves) the architect who said (with lamentable hubris), “this building is designed to withstand a direct hit from a 727.”  And I thought, “why would he say exactly what it is designed to withstand? They can find something beyond those parametres.”  

Ashes.  

I became friends with the extraordinary Maureen Basnicki, whose husband Ken died in the Twin Towers.  She led the charge for the legislation to permit litigation from victims of terrorism against governments that harbour terrorists. But still, she has not been compensated.

Twenty years after the attack, so many are hurting.  And then come the 911 “truthers.” I have been attacked for supporting their call of an inquiry into 9-11.  I have supported them, not because I think there is anything to hide, but because I think there are answers to hard questions. Denying people the right to even ask the questions drives the conspiracy theories deeper down. It fuels and feeds an ever- spiralling number of conspiracy theories.  From QAnon to people who fear COVID vaccinations inject a tracking microchip.

We are always better served by transparency.

So, a deviation from the election, but let me bring it back around. 

8 days to go. The feeling on the ground here is good. This is a report from one of the volunteers on our lawn sign crew:

“I’ve put up many signs and this election at four houses I was treated like a freaking celebrity. The whole household came out to wave at me. They were excited. That’s never happened before. Let’s hope it’s a good omen!”

Thanks Bill!  I sure hope so!!

Love and thanks to all,

Elizabeth

PS. many of the SGI debates are on line. Here is the one from Salt Spring Forum

Click HERE to watch recording of the debate on YouTube. 

Elizabeth endorsed by GreenPAC

Proud to share that Elizabeth has been endorsed by GreenPAC!

Fellow Greens endorsed also include Mike Morrice for Kitchener Centre, Anna Keenan for Malpeque and Phil De Luna.

GreenPAC shared the below statement alongside this endorsement:

“Elizabeth May (GPC, Saanich-Gulf Islands) has been environmentally active since 1970. She has been involved in numerous campaigns centered around prominent environmental concerns of the past and present. Her role as Senior Policy Advisor to the federal Minister of the Environment from 1986-1988 further demonstrates her experience in an array of environmental issues. She was an early identifier of environmental racism as an issue, including during her time as Executive Director of the Sierra Club from 1989-2006. Having been an MP since 2011, she has been consistent and effective in pursuing environmental goals in Parliament. She developed the All-Party ClimateCaucus, which crosses party lines to increase understanding of the climate crisis on all sides of the house. She led an effective opposition to the Harper government, garnering support from other parties for her 400+ amendments to the C-38 omnibus budget bill and defense of key environmental legislation. She serves as co-convener of Global Greens Parliamentarians, continuing to champion addressment of environmental concerns at the national level not only within Canada but worldwide.”

Good Sunday Morning from Elizabeth – Sept 5

I had a fantastic week on the lower mainland and interior helping a wonderful group of Green candidates. I promise I was careful in the pandemic.

My husband, John Kidder, drove me and we did COVID pandemic compliant campaigning – sign waves and masked indoor visits.  It was so much fun to have a road trip with my wonderful husband and our extremely cheering small wonder dog- Xo! 

We boosted Nicole Bellay, Green candidate in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, the riding containing the burnt out shell of Lytton. John was the 2019 candidate in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon. The many campaign stops for Nicole were like old home week.  We also got to Kamloops, not far from my husband’s family farm in Ashcroft. With the long-time Conservative MP Cathy McLeod retiring, I am hopeful for gains for our well- known and respected candidate for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, lawyer Iain Currie. (By the way, many thanks for all the messages of support and concern for Ashcroft, in the midst of heat waves and evacuation alerts. We were relieved to have a night’s stay there and be reassured that it is in good shape.  A number of strangers have been staying there as evacuees from nearby Spence’s Bridge. What a nightmarish time it has been for people in interior BC. Good neighbours all – looking out for each other.)

Back in the Lower Mainland, I did several backyard events with additional people joining us by zoom for fundraisers for Mike Simpson (West Van-Sunshine Coast- Sea-to-Sky Country) and Dr. Devyani Singh (Vancouver Quadra).

On Thursday, we had a fantastic press conference on Kits Beach emphasizing the climate champions running in and around Vancouver.  Dr. Devyani Singh, climate scientist, Maureen Curran, SFU educator and Green candidate running against Jagmeet Singh, who has literally being living in the forest canopy to stall the construction of the TMX pipeline, Dr. Cheryl Matthew, Simpcw First Nations and running in East Vancouver,  Dr. Farrukh Chishtie, a climate scientist with an extensive background, currently a visiting scientist with Environment Canada and Climate Change, (Vancouver Kingsway) and Mike Simpson, international development and global climate activist.  I am so proud to be running with these – and many other fantastic candidates across Canada.  But sadly, a press conference about the climate emergency does not get coverage.

Later, I was interviewed by CBC for The National, (an interview that aired Friday night).  I thought the story would focus, or at least reference, the climate emergency.  Nope. The CBC story was solely about internal GPC aspects of the election.  Edited out of the story was my response to the question what I thought of the leader campaigning only in her own riding.  I said I supported her decision.  It took me five years from when I was elected Green leader to win a seat in the House.  I think it is terrific that the Green Party is supporting Annamie’s decision to focus on winning her own riding.  I was shocked when watching the news to hear the story that there was no money for the leader to travel. Not so. The party had, as in previous years, lined up a substantial bank loan for use in the writ – secured by the Elections Canada rebate rules.  As soon as the writ dropped the party had over a million dollars to be spent over 36 days. 

So, while voters are saying loudly that climate is their top issue, the way to get media coverage is any unfounded rumour that paints the Green Party in an unfavourable light.  I will stay positive and keep campaigning as hard as I can for Green votes.  But when the election is over, we will need a serious review and search for explanations about the many false threads and unhelpful unnamed sources.

Back on Vancouver Island, I was happy to have a wonderful event for Nick Loughton (Victoria Green).  Every time I hear him speak, I am more impressed.  At 23 years old, he is a phenomenal choice for MP. 

And Saturday I was at the Saanich Fair.  It is the oldest continuously running fall fair in Canada – this is the 153rd year.  Of course, it was cancelled last year, and significantly scaled down this year.

One corner area of the commercial booths area features political parties – federal and provincial – BC Liberals, far from federal Liberals, a shared NDP tent (Horgan and Singh are cozy), and of course BC Greens and federal GPC.   The hay bales strewn around reminded me of Naheed Nenshi’s great line about one of Calgary Stampede’s most iconic pancake breakfasts – dubbed the politicians’ petting zoo!

I stayed all day, taking occasional breaks to follow my physio’s advice. I will be back today (after church) and then all day Monday.  I am so happy to be seeing people in real life again!  Of course, we are all masked and I have to really work at seeing peoples’ eyes and wondering if we have already met.  I was very heartened by the favourable reception.  

Observations from Saturday’s fair:   David Busch, Conservative candidate and his volunteers were not masked and did not observe COVID protocols, shaking hands and gathering in pre-pandemic fashion.  The scarce Liberal volunteers did wear masks, but their booth was more noticeable for the absence of any photo of Justin Trudeau – an image that usually dominates their Saanich Fall Fair booth. 

And Saturday’s big news for Greens – the removal of the disgraced Liberal candidate for Kitchener Centre! That is big news for Greens because our 2019 candidate. Mike Morrice, came in second to the Liberal. And Mike Morrice is running again, with a very strong  campaign.  The riding tends to go back and forth between Liberal and Conservative — Liberal from 1997 to 2008, then  Conservative 2008-2015, and then Liberal Raj Saini took the seat.  Now it will have no Liberal on the ballot.

So here we are. Fifteen days from E-Day. Many people are telling me they have already voted. If you live in Saanich-Gulf Islands, go to Mary Winspear Centre if you want to vote early- even on Labour Day!  Find the list of all locally planned candidate debates on our events page.

Please watch for events on our campaign website “elizabethmay.ca” and please follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share and spread good green news.  Please join the campaign. We always need more volunteers. In this weird COVID campaign, we are doing far more phone canvassing than door knocking. If you have time to volunteer or want a lawn sign, please reply to this email and your message will reach the right person.   

MANY thanks for your continuing support!

Love,

Elizabeth

Wild First Campaign Pledge

Protecting our oceans and marine eco-systems is an essential part of science-based climate policy. Last week, I joined the vast majority of British Columbians and 102 First Nations in supporting the move to get open net pen salmon farms out of BC waters by 2025 by signing Wild First’s campaign pledge. Call on your federal candidates to sign on too!

Read more here: www.wildfirst.ca 

Voters For Animals Endorses Elizabeth May

Proud to share that I have been endorsed by Animal Justice’s Voters for Animals! With this endorsement comes my continuing commitment to raise the profile of animal issues in Parliament, work to advance legal protections for animals, and support animal welfare initiatives in Parliament and here at home in Saanich-Gulf Islands.

Voters for Animals shared the below quote with their endorsement:
“May has been an outspoken champion of animal issues on Parliament Hill and notably sponsored Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, which passed through Parliament and became law in 2019. May has consistently introduced and spoken in support of animal-friendly legislation, including the numerous (and eventually successful) efforts to ban shark fin imports, and a proposed legislation to end subsidies to the commercial seal hunt. The Green Party has historically had strong animal protection policies, and has opposed ag gag laws. May is the incumbent candidate in Saanich—Gulf Islands.”

Good Sunday Morning – August 29

Good Sunday Morning!

And we are entering the third week of a very brief election campaign. 22 days to
go!

The most frustrating thing for me in election campaigns is that all normal work
stops. For me, this means I am no longer “technically” a Member of Parliament.
The various government departments we have been pressing for action, no longer
reply to request for help for constituents or major issues of all kinds. My amazing
staff still works in the constituency office, being as creative as possible to make
progress. But there is a suspension of normal work. This also happens within
government. Ministers shift to a “caretaker” role.

I cannot help but believe the abandonment of thousands of Afghani civilians with
ties to Canada and its allies, would not have been as extreme without the election.
We could have done a better job in moving to rescue as many as possible if not for
the election. I am sick with worry for the women of Afghanistan. A number of my
friends in this area have close ties with civil society, Afghan women
parliamentarians and women’s groups now falling into the hands of the Taliban.
We have known for months that this was a predictable event. Back in early July,
Gwynne Dyer wrote, “Kabul may fall in a lot less than six months. The Taliban
already hold at least half the country and they are currently taking new districts
literally every day.” (The Hill Times, Afghanistan’s likely fall: Taliban look to
take over country after troop withdrawa
l, July 7, 2021)

If parliament had been in session, that news would have led me to request that the
Speaker allow an emergency debate. But the House was in recess, and all anyone
wanted to talk about was the looming election. We were reeling from heat dome
and deaths from heat stroke, raging wildfires and the climate emergency, but still, I
think we could have raised awareness of the threat to Afghanistan and the urgent
imperative to get as many as possible to safety. All I could do this week was send a
donation to Amnesty International to help the women of Afghanistan. I encourage
you to do the same. 

Turning to news from the campaign trail, I am happy to report that all our
signatures are in. I am officially on the ballot – and I have voted!
The visit to the Returning Officer at Mary Winspear Centre gave me the chance to
vote. I decided to vote early, when there were no line ups. A lot of people do not
know that you can vote any day! As soon as the writ drops, you can vote. The
ballots are not yet printed of course. The deadline to get the signatures for
candidates is 2 pm tomorrow. So, we do not yet know how many other candidates
will be running here in Saanich-Gulf Islands. If you want to drop into Mary
Winspear Centre, you just write in the full name of the candidate of your choice.
You can also go on line to Elections Canada to request a mail in ballot.
The advance polls will be September 10-13. And, of course, election day is
September 20.


I picked up some more intelligence from the Returning Office. We will have only
11 locations for advance polls, about half what we had in the past. Due to COVID
and the Delta variant, Elections Canada cannot use elementary schools for polling
stations. Other news is even more disturbing, both the young and the old will
have additional barriers to voting.

There will be no polling stations on university campuses. The snap election just did
not give Elections Canada time to organize this. I personally find this inexplicable and
unacceptable. LeadNow has started a petition to demand that Elections Canada
revisit and correct this position.

I have not heard it reported anywhere that polling stations will also not be set up in
seniors residences- due to COVID. Elections Canada is offering to train willing
staff from seniors’ homes to allow them to conduct voting. But how many people
know this? I will be pursuing this inequity in coming days. For now, please help
me spread the word. This snap election is already proving all the various ways
that an election in a pandemic is a mistake.

As ever, the wonderful community groups of Saanich-Gulf Islands are rising to the
occasion. Already there are seven all candidates debates planned. The first will be
tomorrow on CFAX Radio from 12:30 to 1:30. All candidates will participate
virtually. Lucky it is virtual, as I had already promised to go to Mission to
campaign for Nicole Bellay in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon. I would have
hated to re-schedule Mission, but I would have because candidates’ debates here at
home have always been my priority. So please listen in.

Keep an eye on the election website “elizabethmay.ca” for other election updates.
After Monday and CFAX, the next scheduled debate is not
until after Labour Day on September 7, hosted by Salt Spring Forum, and also
virtual. You can send questions to the candidates in advance by emailing:
[email protected]

As ever, I am so grateful to all our loyal and dedicated supporters and volunteers.
Looking forward to seeing many of you – at social distance – at the Saanich Fair!
Wherever you are across Canada, please support your local Green candidate.
I know we are going to surprise a lot of the naysayers in this election. More
Canadians than ever want to cast their vote for the climate.
Please hang on to hope and vote Green!

Love,
Elizabeth
P.S. A candidate I really know needs help is Adeana Young in Skeena Bulkely
Valley. She is a fantastic Haida candidate, currently on a local school board, but
best known as one of the leads in the amazing Haida-language film Edge of the
Knife
. She is also the newly named critic for the Green Party for Reconciliation
and Indigenous Affairs. Her riding is over 300,000 square kilometres. So just
getting around in the riding is very expensive. I would appreciate your donations
to help Adeana win that seat! https://www.greenparty.ca/en/riding/2013-59028

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