Federal Election 2011
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May 5, 2011 - OTTAWA THIS WEEK - EAST
. Photo by Nevil Hunt
Ottawa Centre’s Green Party candidate Jen Hunter, left, celebrate the election in British Columbia of party leader Elizabeth May with Ottawa-Vanier Green candidate Caroline Rioux.
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Elizabeth May has been elected as the Green Party’s first Canadian MP. The party’s percentage of the national vote dropped somewhat – including here in Ottawa – but May hopes her election will blaze a trail for Greens in future elections. Ottawa-Vanier Green candidate Caroline Rioux called May “the beacon” other Greens will follow. Rioux and Ottawa Centre Green candidate Jen Hunter gathered at Maxwell’s Bistro on Elgin Street to watch the results roll in. Both said their vote softened as the NDP surged. “Absolutely,” Rioux said of the progressive vote transfer to the New Democrats. “It was a national wave.”
Rioux added that the timing of the election – just days or weeks after university students left the city en masse for the summer – also cooled the Green vote. She said Elections Canada originally planned six polling stations on the University of Ottawa campus, but ended up only needing one. Hunter said May’s win in SaanichGulf Islands in British Columbia is important for the party, but added that keeping the Greens’ national vote above five per cent is critical as well. “We’ve been a growing party,” Hunter said. “I thought (May) would win. We were very strategic in investing to make that happen.” During the 2008 election in Ottawa Centre, Hunter came close to capturing 10 per cent of the votes. “If I don’t get 10 per cent, I’m going to be pissed,” she said.
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