Liberal Leader Stephane Dion and Green party Leader Elizabeth May struck an unusual alliance today, claiming they had to take extraordinary measures because the fate of the planet is at stake.
Dion and the Green leader held a news conference in the long-time Tory stronghold of Central Nova to confirm reports that May will not have to compete against a Liberal rival when she contests the riding in the next federal election.
May has chosen Central Nova, currently held by Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay, in her bid to win the Green’s first seat in the House of Commons.
“The crisis of climate change is an urgent one,” May said in French. “There is no time to waste. Because of our electoral system, I do not have a choice. I have to collaborate.”
Despite grumbling from some Liberals, Dion called the move “a golden opportunity” to show Canadians that issues related to the environment and climate change are serious.
In return for the Liberal decision to bypass Central Nova, the Greens won’t field a candidate in Dion’s Montreal riding, widely considered a safe Liberal seat. Source...