My buddy Scott over at rabble.ca wanted to help out the Greens with a big shout for Candidates - no work required - in name only for ballot option.Yes, you too can run in the 2008 federal election - add to your CV, impress your friends and neighbours.
rabble.ca exclusive: Green Party desperate to find candidates
by Scott Piatkowski
One of the key aspects of the Green Party’s claim to be a national party (deserving of the same media attention as the big four) is that — at least since 2004 — they run a candidate in every riding across the country.
Notwithstanding the fact that they’re sitting out this campaign in ridings held by Stephane Dion (the infamous “leaders’ courtesy arrangement”) and Bill Casey (who the Greens insist is one of them, despite evidence to the contrary and his own protestations that he wants nothing to do with them), the Greens were expected to do so again.
However, from the “don’t send it by e-mail if you don’t want it to be forwarded” department, comes this missive from the Green Party’s Director of Organizing, Sharon Labchuk. As of September 1, the party was in a last-minute scramble to find candidates — any candidates — in nearly half of Canada’s 308 ridings. This kind of ”organizing strategy” doesn’t really have the mark of credible national party, does it?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org behalf of Sharon Labchuk
Sent: Mon 9/1/2008 5:44 PM
Cc: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: [GPC-RIDINGS] URGENT: help find GPC candidates
URGENT: WE NEED YOUR HELP TO FIND CANDIDATES
Okay everybody, time to pitch in. We need to get our candidates in place this week. With the announcement about our first Green MP, it should be a whole lot easier to find people who would love to run in the most exciting election we’ll have had to date.
Think about who you know in the ridings listed below and send us names and ridings of people you think would be good Green MPs, even if you have no contact info. Could be your mother, your neighbour or someone you’ve seen in the newspaper. We’ll take it.
We’re interested in more women and other people not as well represented as they could be: aboriginal persons, persons of colour, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons.
Send info to our regional organizers - their contacts are here http://greenparty.ca/en/contact/staff
If we all pitch in we can get our candidates in place now and have more time to help them prepare campaigns.
So that everyone in Canada has the opportunity to vote Green, we’ll also take names of people willing to just put their names on the ballot in the event we do not find enough candidates.
Director of Organizing
So if you go to the link above, at Scott's blog on rabble, you too can see, if your riding, is still in need of a Green Candidate, in-name-on-the- ballot only - no work required!