The Green Party won a by-election yesterday in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
I know Nanaimo pretty well — back five years ago, we covered the strange politics of that unusual town, when the city council banned a Christian group from renting the publicly owned convention centre.
The Rebel crowdfunded a lawyer to sue; and then we helped campaign against the corrupt city council, and wouldn’t you know it — the city threw out the bums! It was a template for the campaigns we do here all the time now at The Rebel.
I also go there every summer for a vacation. It’s a funny mix: retired people, including from Alberta; hippies who like Vancouver Island; working class folks, including, frankly, some tough characters; the Hells Angels hang out there, which is a bit creepy.
I tell you that because it’s an unusual place. It’s on an island, which means it’s going to be a bit eccentric in its identity.
So I have to say, I’m completely unsurprised by the result of yesterday's federal by-election in Nanaimo:
Specifically, Paul Manly, the son of a former NDP MP. He wanted to run as an NDPer once, but he was deemed to radical even for them.
He seemed to share his dad’s radicalism against Israel — his dad actually tried to run an Israel naval blockade screening out terrorists from the port of Gaza. So he found a natural home in the Green Party.
Manly will be on the new Green MP. Obviously it’s a rejection of Trudeau; a premonition of what he’ll face in B.C.; I think it’s fall-out for the Jody Wilson-Raybould scandal, but Trudeau will read it as a need to be even tougher on oil and pipelines.
But it’s also a story about how radical the Green Party is — like the Greens elsewhere, they’re the most radical on Israel. It wouldn’t surprise me one day if Omar Khadr ran for office — but he’d probably choose the Green Party.
The Green Party will take anyone. Well, not anyone:
The president of the Green Party of Canada was a Jew, who was drummed out of the party for being too, you know, Jewy. Too pro-Israel.
Some of the hard-left hippies in Nanaimo voted because they knew all this. But most of Nanaimo, I think, is a hard working town. The port, the airport, tourism, real estate, and the industrial jewel in the crown, this gorgeous paper mill just outside of the city.
So I don’t think they’re all freaky lefties, or that most people in Nanaimo care that much about Israel one way or another.
I really don’t think it’s a vote for green policies, either, but of course the entire Media Party, and probably Trudeau himself, will take that lesson from it. They’ll go harder on their carbon tax, even though gas starts at $1.52 a litre for the cheap stuff in Nanaimo.
No, last night's vote was a rejection of the establishment, not an endorsement of Paul Manly’s policies.
It’s a form of Trumpism, you know.
It also shows that it’s not the right in this country that has the nuts, the extremists, the anti-Semites. I think it’s the party of the left. The Liberals to a degree; the NDP for sure; but the Green Party to their core.
And strategically speaking, mathematically speaking, the Green Party is going to harm the Liberals very much. That’s a good thing electorally.
But they’re poisoning the public discourse. They’re normalizing left-wing hate and anti-Semitism. They’re normalizing treating terrorists as fine citizens.
That’s not good for any of us.
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