Hi all —
I joined the green party several months ago. I think it’s to everybody’s benefit that their platform – the environment especially, and also social justice – is at least on the formal political radar.
Plus, I’ve always had a thing for the underdog. They’ve made a LOT of ground in the past few years, but they are also the little-party-that-could and does not have the corporations or labour movement behind them as other parties do (or certainly not to the same extent). As you can imagine, running campaigns is expensive, and it looks like another campaign is going to be required.
Even if you don’t think you’d ever vote for them (although I hope more of us will!), would you consider donating to the party to ensure at least this nascent party can continue offering an alternative to Canadians? This money coach thanks you!
Here’s a letter from Elizabeth May which I shamelessly cut and paste from an e-mail:
Do you ever find yourself yearning for a time when Canadian politics was not quite so exciting? When elections seemed to happen every four years and the two main parties represented a sort of middle ground, not great, but not scary?
Of course, these turbulent times are what is putting the wind in our Green sails, but it cannot be altogether satisfying to see our growth as a party while the country and the planet are in such turmoil.
I have never been so sure as I am today that Canada needs Green MPs in Parliament. My own view is constantly reaffirmed by strangers who come up to me in train stations, airports, and farmers’ markets across Canada saying “Next time you have got to win a seat. We all need you in Parliament.”
The party decision makers, the federal council elected by the members and the national campaign committee, realize this as well. We know that an election could happen as soon as this fall. We have learned a lot from the last campaign. One central lesson learned is that we need to target and focus resources so that the Leader will be an MP when the election results are tallied. But I do not want to be the only Green elected. We have a campaign plan ready and a strategy for bringing home the results we want.
What we desperately need is to finish paying down the debt from the 2008 campaign, before we find ourselves in a 2009 campaign! You will be happy to know that of the roughly $2.5 million we borrowed, we have paid back over $1.5 million. Most of this was made possible through the federal financing rules and rebates from Elections Canada. But, no surprise, the recession has affected our donors. We need to reach out to more Canadians and we need our current donors to consider making regular monthly donations.
Would you be willing to take a moment to send this email to friends that you know support our goals and aims but may not already be members?
Even a $25 donation is a big help and, of course current Canadian tax law has important consequences. If the donor pays income tax, 3/4 of any donation up to $400 is rebated. $400 donation only costs $100. It is an extremely cost-effective way to help make the change you want to see in the world.
Secondly, would you be willing to donate NOW knowing that paying down the debt is essential before the next campaign begins?
You know we won’t spend a penny on attack ads! You know we will keep a positive message of hope. You know we will work to engage young people and call for greater civic engagement by all Canadians.
That is the message of my new book, Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy. For a limited time, if you send the Green Party of Canada a $400 donation, I will personally inscribe the book. If you can send $500 I will inscribe two books and you can pass one along to friends and relatives. (Never too early for Christmas shopping!)
If you cannot give more at this time, I totally understand. I hate to even ask again, as I know you have received appeals from the party before. It is a big help if you can share this message with your email list of friends.
Thanks again, more than I can say for all your support.
Elizabeth May, O.C.
Green Party of Canada
Photo Credit: Grant Neufeld