A brief listing of the accomplishments of the Green Party since the last election
(1) the Executive Director quit and was replaced by the Tech guy; yup, the coax cable guy (his expression) now runs the Greens.
(2) one Deputy Leader was replaced by another guy, who proceeded to quit within months, join the Bloc Quebecois, and now wonâ€™t return the Leaderâ€™s calls.
(3) more layoffs and employee resignations too numerous to list (including most the organizers).
(4) more high-profile candidates resigning (amazingly the top 3 Green candidates from 2008 are now gone, not including the leadership of course).
(5) the leaderâ€™s campaign manager in Saanich-Gulf Islands quit, and was replaced by an underling from Nova Scotia.
(6) a 20% decline in average party support from this time 2 yrs ago (i.e. 4 months before the last election).
(7) more EDAs de-registered by Elections Canada (bringing the total to 44 over the last few yrs â€” 3 times more than all other major parties combined).
(8) â€¦that means still no local organization in 1/4 of the country.
(9) most Federal Council positions being acclaimed because of lack of interested candidatesâ€¦
(10) a precipitous 20% decline in the partyâ€™s membership in the last year â€” yes, you read that right, down 20% in one year!
(11) a near 50%(!) decline in the # of donors from 2008, which is especially bad sinceâ€¦
(12) itâ€™s the only party in the red â€“ $1.2 million in outstanding liabilities and negative working capital.
So in response, Elizabeth May is trying to hold off a leadership review vote of her performance
Given the partyâ€™s documented decline, itâ€™s no wonder the leaderâ€™s posse is desperately trying to change the rules, so she doesnâ€™t have to face any kind of leadership vote or leadership review until what could be mid-2013, which could mean going 7 years(!) without any kind of performance review (i.e. within 6 months after the next election, which need not happen until fall 2012). Most expected a leadership race to culminate in a convention next month, but they postponed it so they can get the members to rubber-stamp changing the 4-year mandate to an indefinite one. With the leader using the partyâ€™s email list to advocate for her preferred motion (needless to say, advocates of competing motions have not been given the same courtesy), it appears to be a foregone conclusion that the change will be pushed through since the motions are so confusing, people will look for guidance.
In other words, there is less and less to distinguish The Green Party of Canada from any other political party when it comes to ambition and leadership. Nor is there much to distinguish Green Party members from any other party when it comes to ruthlessness when it is time to ditch a leader.