Saanich—Gulf Islands


Saanich—Gulf Islands

Catch 22 recommends Elizabeth May (Green)

Riding profile

MP: Hon. Gary Lunn

Location: British Columbia
Members: 70
Latest Activity: May 3, 2011

Discussion Forum

Willing to vote green 3 Replies

My disgust with Gary Lunn has grown over the years. I am willing to vote green in Saaniche Gulf in exchange for a CPC vote in another close riding somewhere else. Let me Know.DonContinue

Started by Don Simpson. Last reply by Don Simpson May 2, 2011.

who to support 45 Replies

There is only one opposition candidate that makes sense to support. Elizabeth May is running neck and neck with Gary Lunn.  To support either the Libs or NDP in this riding is to help ensure a…Continue

Started by Bob Morgan. Last reply by Cindy Lee May 2, 2011.

Idea for Attracting Votes 15 Replies

Hey All, I was thinking what we should start doing is putting up posters in this riding and many other ones which shows project democracies projections for the riding. Literally have these all around…Continue

Started by Robert W. Last reply by Robert W Apr 25, 2011.

Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca Meet and Greet - 6pm, Tues April 19

Island residents, particularly those involved in the important swing riding of Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, may want to go to this meeting.  Catch-22 hasn't officially endorsed anyone there and Swing-33…Continue

Started by Marcia MacDonald Apr 14, 2011.

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Comment by Brian Smallshaw on April 2, 2011 at 8:06pm

Masrour Zoghi: As somebody very involved in the E May campaign, I don't know that it is right for me to be involved in arranging vote swapping, if for no other reason that I really want to concentrate my time and energy on simply encouraging people to vote Green and to get out and vote period. But if individual voters choose to do this, it's their business. Our electoral system is broken and I completely understand why people feel the need to swap votes to get representation in Parliament.

I'm personally not prepared to be the broker of such deals, but maybe this website could be a forum for it.

Comment by Geoffrey on April 2, 2011 at 7:54pm
Just to clarify that last post, if someone in SGI usually votes Liberal, but is considering voting Green, I'll ensure you that I will do the reverse in North Van.
Comment by Geoffrey on April 2, 2011 at 7:51pm

I am living in North Vancouver, but am planning to vote Liberal this time around. The Liberal party has often been my second or third choice, but this time I believe in voting for someone who has a real chance. (The last two elections, I voted Green).

I am into doing an informal swap here. I actually have to vote early, because I plan to be out of the country by the 2nd of May.

Comment by Masrour Zoghi on April 2, 2011 at 7:21pm

@Brian Smallshaw: I've got one such email already, so there definitely exist people who'd be interested, but it's up to you guys who physically reside in that riding to find people, who would be amenable to that exchange. I can easily find Greens outside of SGI who'd be willing to swap votes with Liberals and NDPers in SGI. Do you think that's something that you guys could pull off? Each of you must know at least one Liberal out there.


Also, I must add that this is something that's still being discussed by the central Catch 22 team, so they might not endorse this idea at all, but it's definitely something to think about.

Comment by Brian Smallshaw on April 2, 2011 at 6:59pm
Masrour Zoghi wrote: " you guys think you can arrange a vote swapping scheme so that Greens in the Lower Mainland could swap their votes for Liberal and NDP votes in SGI?"

This is an idea worth pursuing, but what would need to happen is for Liberal and NDP voters in SGI to step forward and let Greens know in which other ridings they would be looking for support.
Comment by Catch 22 on April 2, 2011 at 6:14pm
Comment by Michelle Mech on April 2, 2011 at 2:32pm

In a 2008 poll, 83% of respondents wanted Canada to "commit to strong action on global warming without waiting for other countries".   In another poll late in 2010, 87% of Canadians agreed, "The root cause of climate change is too much focus on economic growth and consumerism."  In a recent survery conducted by LeadNOW, two out of four top priorities for Candians are environmental protection and democratic reform.

Elizabeth May is the only party leader addressing these issues.  She is the only chance for the majority of Canadians who care about these issues to be represented in the House of Commons.  She will speak up when others won't. Elizabeth has the knowledge and experience to bring these concerns forward in a meaningful way.

Voting for Elizabeth May is not wasting a vote.  It is replacing an MP who does nothing to protect out environment and seldom contributes in a positive way to the workings of our federal parliament.


Comment by Donn Tarris on April 2, 2011 at 2:27pm
Folks of SGI - We can expect that Elizabeth will not always be as available in person once she is elected, but she has been very available over the past year. I have had the occasion to sit and talk with her on many occasions within our community. Gary Lunn, on the other hand, is not available, nor is his constituency office open to discussion on national topics other than to tow the Conservative party line (puppets). It's time for a change. As someone pointed out, the Libs and NDP would still have their points of view represented far better with Elizabeth than another term with Gary.
Comment by Ken Rouleau on April 2, 2011 at 2:18pm
Elizabeth has the best chance to unseat Lunn and is also a great prson who truly represents the ideas of a wide spectrum of people. I hope Catch22 endorses her and both NDP and Libs see the wisdom in this.  
Comment by Masrour Zoghi on April 2, 2011 at 1:51pm

So, here's a question for you guys from someone in Vancouver (in particular North Vancouver where the Cons got in over Liberals with fewer votes than the ones that went to either the Green candidate or the NDP one). Now that it seems like Elizabeth May is the candidate that Catch 22 is going to endorse, do you guys think you can arrange a vote swapping scheme so that Greens in the Lower Mainland could swap their votes for Liberal and NDP votes in SGI?


We were told by a Green Party supporter at our meeting in Vancouver that the Greens in other ridings would do anything to get Elizabeth May elected, and I'm sure Liberals in SGI would lend their vote to a Liberal candidate outside of their riding to beat a Con. Do you guys know any Liberals out there who might want to swap votes?


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