I’ve wanted to blog a post about my brother, Adam, running in the federal election for awhile but I wasn’t sure just how to go about it. Do I make it professional? Do I list his qualifications? Do I mention Green Party policies and talk about Elizabeth May?
In the end, with Election Day looming before us, (we vote tomorrow, October 14th) I have decided to write a personal post about Adam. This is a personal blog and although many people will be reading this that may not have come here for “the personal”, it’s what I know best about my brother. Other things you can get by reading his webpage or checking out the Green Party website – something you really need to do.
And by “really” I mean something I think is more important than figuring out who’s going to win “So You Think You Can Dance, Canada” or wondering if Britney and Kevin are going to get back together.
There are many things about my family that make me proud. Most of these things can be said about one person in particular – my youngest brother. Adam is an amazing person. He is calm and reflective. He thinks before he speaks so that when he does, he speaks well. Many of the debates he has participated in recently have brought people into the office, wanting to know more about the Green Party and Adam in particular. Adam is also a very passionate person. When he believes in something he acts on it with energy and diligence. He doesn’t move forward in life unless he thinks that what he is doing is going to move something or someone. He realizes that everyone’s actions can directly affect everyone else. This is important in a politician. Adam is not a stubborn man. He listens to people and considers their opinions.
What I’m trying to say is… my brother is a special person. And I know what you are thinking, “Yeah, yeah. Everyone says this about their baby brother”. No, not everyone. I can’t say the same things about many people in my family that I love very, very much. Adam has always been a very reflective and deliberate person for as long as I’ve known him and I’ve known him his entire life.I was nine years old when he was born. I studied him intensely like any doll loving, house playing big sister would. I learned how to fold and pin a diaper on his wiggly little bum. I held him as he fell asleep in my arms so that could proudly carry him to my mother for bed (I couldn’t reach over the crib) and I dressed him in my best doll clothes. He was patient with me through all of these things – even the doll clothes.
Speaking of being patient with me, I’ve never voted Green before. I had thought that the purpose of the Green Party was to promote green issues but not necessarily run. Here I was, being “green” all over the place and not really voting in that direction. I also worried about “splitting the vote” and therefore letting my voice wither and die in idealistic obscurity. I am passionate about the right to vote so I wanted to make it count. I listened to people talk about strategic voting and thought that by “holding my nose and voting” it would ultimately be the smartest move.
However, from what I’ve seen, the green issues brought up in other party platforms are not enough. The initiatives are never actually followed after the election – not to my satisfaction and not ever to the level promised.
Splitting the vote? Nope. Not once you see the Green platform, it’s not. The Green Party platform is impressive. In fact, it takes votes from all sides. Conservative, Liberal, NDP… If you want to learn more about strategic voting and the threat of splitting the vote read this post by Glen Hubbers. It’s a good read.
I have immense hope for the Green Party and Adam has showed me this. It’s not that he’s my brother. It’s not even that I know him and therefore am aware that he is a good person. I’ve been in the Green Party office for the last few weeks and I’ve seen him working. He makes decisions and sticks by them, he delegates tasks evenly and…. well, he measures twice and cuts once. He’s a good leader. I’d follow him to Ottawa. Well, I am following him. I’m voting Green in this election.
So, follow the links above if you want to know a bit more about the Green Party and look up your Green candidate in your riding. Whatever you decide, please vote.
My brother has worked incredibly hard for the last few weeks. He has worked incredibly hard for the Green Party for years. Volunteers for all the parties have. Canadians are incredibly lucky to be able to vote and it’s so difficult for me to understand how there are so many that don’t exercise this right. We have all the information that we need in front of us, we have the internet. All the parties have websites for you to read.
Think about what’s important for you and look up these issues for every candidate.
(and while you’re at it, if you live in the Victoria riding, vote for Adam)