My article on the Greens in the Canadian election was published in Environmental Politics and is available here.
The 2011 election of Elizabeth May, the Green Party’s first federal MP, was a significant breakthrough for the party. In 2015, however, it struggled to build momentum in a campaign dominated by an ‘Anybody But Conservatives’ feeling where the Liberals were perceived as the best agent of change. The Greens’ overall vote share slipped slightly, from 3.9% in 2011 to 3.5%. May retained her seat with a stunning majority and 54% of the vote. Yet, this was the party’s only win among its 15 target seats; it made meagre advances in the others, managing only one runner up. It is unlikely that strategic voting hurt the Greens, which leaves the party with a big challenge to redefine its purpose and strategy going forward.
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