When I think back to the 2008 Election when the Federal Greens earned nearly 1 million votes but won no seats at all, it is really pretty amazing. Elizabeth May only became the first elected Canadian Green in 2011. She was followed by Andrew Weaver, elected in the 2013 provincial election as the first Green Party MLA in British Columbia’s history. In 2014, David Coon made history with a seat for the New Brunswick Green Party. Next PEI Green Party Leader Peter Bevan Baker was tenth time lucky when he won his seat in 2015. In 2017 when BC’s Andrew Weaver was re-elected, he was accompanied by two new Green MLAs, Adam Olsen, Saanich North and the Islands MLA and Sonia Furstenau, Cowichan Valley MLA. Then, near the end of 2017, the PEI Greens Caucus was formed by Hannah Bell’s stunning by-election win. And of course this year our own awesome Green Party of Ontario leader, Mike Schreiner, won his seat in Guelph.
Last Night New Brunswick re-elected Green Party Leader David Coon, as well as two new Green Members of the Legislative Assembly. The new MLAs are Megan Mitton, who won her riding of Memramcook-Tantramar by 11 votes, and Kevin Arseneau elected in the riding of Kent North.
One thing I can promise: it’s not over yet.