Green candidate wants PM out of the country

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Blanch says Canada showing lack of leadership by skipping climate change conference

Green candidate wants PM out of the country

AMHERST - Jason Blanch wants Stephen Harper out of the country.

Surprisingly, the Amherst-born Green Party candidate's wish to get the Prime Minister out of Canada has nothing to do with gaining an edge in his bid to win the federal byelection for Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley.

So determined is Blanch to wave goodbye to the Prime Minister from the tarmac, and alter Conservative environmental policy, he has issued a direct challenge to Harper: If Blanch triples the traditional Green Party support by garnering 15 per cent of votes in the Nov. 9 poll, the Prime Minister hops on a jet across the ocean, headed to climate-change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark.

"The whole reason in my running is a mix of concern and outrage," says Blanch. "Outrage that the government is not taking this issue seriously."

The challenge, issued in the form of a video message to the Prime Minister via the Internet on Youtube, comes in reaction to reports Harper is again planning to skip global climate talks hosted by the United Nations. Following the failure of the Kyoto Accord, world leaders are again meeting to devise a planet-saving treaty.

"I wanted to send a message to Stephen Harper that people care about the environment and climate change," says Blanch, who himself rides his bicycling wherever he can - including to campaign interviews. "If three times the normal number of people vote for me it shows that people really do care."

The married father of two, who, until the byelection call was an addictions counselor, says 15 per cent is attainable.

"I'm hearing a lot from Conservatives who are still angry over how Stephen Harper treated Bill Casey."

But it's not just the votes of former Tories he's after.

"One of the most upsetting things for me is the amount of people that tell me they are neutral and that they don't vote," Blanch explains. "Not voting is not neutral. Not voting is supporting the Conservatives.

"The lower the voter turnout, the better the Conservatives do."

He is hoping to turn anger toward Conservatives and support from traditional non-voters into an election win.

"Even if we don't win the election, if a traditional party adjusts its policy based on the support they are seeing for the Greens in a way we are winning."

Blanch says the issue of climate change is too important to ignore and not so bad that it cannot yet be stopped.

"I want to be able to look into my children's eyes in 30 years time and honestly tell them I did everything I could to stop this."

For now, though, the Green Party hopeful just wants to make sure the Prime Minister gets the message. Uncertain if Prime Minister Harper or anyone in his office has seen the video, Blanch will launch an email campaign this week.

The video can be found at:

Organizations: Green Party, Conservatives, United Nations

Geographic location: Canada, AMHERST, Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley Copenhagen Denmark

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  • guy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    This is such foolishness, he issued a challenge to the PM well, ill issue a challenge to him as well, if i rake up most of the leaves in my yard today, he has to gove me 1 million dollars.
    These greens are soo foolish, Jason, do you live in a mud hut? ride a horse to work? forrege for food? Cause i really doubt it, i'm sure you drive a car to work, live in a regular house, eat food from the grocery store, etc... your the same as everyone else, we all pollute. Challenge the PM to leave the country, soooo stupid, i didn't know 6 year olds could run in an election.
    This is nothing more than a political scheme to get attention.

  • Dairyman
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    And we wonder why our region is being ignored by this country. You people turn to ignorance and attacks when people like Mr.Blanch actually challenge our government to do something about the destruction of our planet.
    The only 6 year old children on here are those dumb enough to ignore the severity of what we face as a planet. I'm guessing the negative attacks on Jason's efforts are those of mature adults , right?
    At least Jason has a message in this by-election, can someone tell me what the other candidates believe in? I didn't think so.

  • Skeptic
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I agree with everything Jason has said about the problem; but the only action he suggests is vote for him.

    He should be calling for all parties to support Bill C-311, a law that would force Harper to go to Copenhagen.

    To send a passionate vote for real action on climate change, vote for the environmentalist Mark Austin.

  • Greg
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Hey Bill, that doesn't sound much different than the present.

  • Bill
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Can't you just imagine the Green Party running the country. Buch of Children with no real world experience!

  • Moriarty
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    .....A stunt like this distracts people from the utter hypocrisy of the Green Party.

    Jason's leader is opportunistic, misleading and dishonest.

    The Green party's assumption of the votes of progressive people is dispicable. Their policies will only hurt the most vulnerable, women and minorities.

    Something as complex as the crisis facing our planet cannot be simply wiped away with a new tax, and that's what the Greens propose to do.

    The Carbon tax that Jason and his party advocate would increase costs for the poorest people in the riding.

    Sorry Jason. We're already taxed too high, and we don't earn enough to pay your tax!

    The Greens are *NOT* a progressive choice.

    Their policies are more similar to the Conservatives than to the NDP.

    I agree with the first comment from Skeptic Al: the best thing Jason can do for us is to step aside so that CCMV can send a *REAL* progressive voice on the environment to Ottawa.

    On Nov 9, choose Mark Austin, NDP!

  • Steve
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I dunno Jason, seems to me not voting is the green thing to do.

    * saves gas on trip to the tools
    * think of all the saved paper by not voting
    * less light need to count the votes
    * the list goes on and on.....

  • Marlene
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    You have my vote Jason and hopefully a lot of others! Shame on Stephen Harper for burying his head in the sand. Global warming and the envirement are key issues if we want to have a planet that is liveable in the future. Our children and their children deserve this and hopefully the people that don't vote will realize that this is the time to make a difference and get off their butts and VOTE GREEN

  • Greg
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Guy, I've known Jason for years and am very aware of the efforts he has put forth for environmental causes. Nobody has ever said that we must eliminate all of the activities that impact the environment, but he must reduce them. And Jason has done more to reduce them then anyone else I know around here. Read the article again. Do your research before you make such ridiculous statements.