Recent polling shows surge in support for greens in manitoba
A June Probe analytics poll indicates that support for the Green Party of Canada is on the rise in Manitoba.
Experts suggest that this may be due to citizens being unhappy with elected officials prioritizing "winning" an election and staying in power over the well-being of their constituents.
“A significant number of people are disappointed that short-term political calculations are getting in the way of making long-term political decisions that take a little political courage and risk."
Click on the tabs of the graphic below to compare the poll results for Winnipeg vs. the Rest of Manitoba. Graphic courtesy of Winnipeg Free Press
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Green Party of Manitoba leader James Beddome is taking on NDP leader Wab Kinew in their Fort Rouge riding.
Kinew currently represents the riding, and with the 10-year review of the electoral boundaries, Beddome will now be running in Fort Rouge as well.
"Ultimately, I think I'd make a good representative for the people and I want to serve in the riding where I live, where I think I have a degree of support," Beddome said Thursday.
"I mean, there might have been thoughts that 'yeah, I'm running up against another party leader', but I think there are actual questions with respect to the record of the NDP that need to be challenged."
The Green Party of Manitoba believes in the importance of empowering local voices and listening to its constituents. Given the recent surge of Green support in Manitoba, it appears that Manitobans are embracing a new way of doing politics.
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"It's an Invigoration of a Movement"
After a 2nd place finish in the 2016 election, Pembina Valley Online spoke with Mike about what these results meant for the future of our province.
"In the past it really seemed like if I want to vote Green, I'm throwing my vote away," Urichuk says. "But really we're starting to see if you want to vote Green, that means you're a contender, you're second place moving up to first place in quite a few different places across the Province."
While the Green Party failed to win a seat in the legislature, Urichuk says they've established momentum by bringing forth issues that are resonating with Manitobans like fighting poverty with Guaranteed Annual Income and combating climate change.
"It's an invigoration of a movement," Urichuk says. "Where we're able to move towards a future now where we know we care about the environment, where we know that we care about our children and our families and our education system and our healthcare system, and we know that we have options now to try and pursue solutions to these issues."
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Meet the Candidate: 2016 Pembina Valley Online
In March 2016, Pembina Valley Online wrote a short introduction on Mike to share with their audience.
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Morden-Winkler and the Green PArty
Before the 2016 Election, the Winnipeg Free Press asked Mike why he chose to run for the Green Party and what issues he considered most pressing in our Morden-Winkler riding.
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Mike first ran as a candidate for Morden-Winkler in the 2016 Provincial Election. Initially calling the Green Party of Manitoba to see if he could volunteer, he was instead met with encouragement and convinced to take on the responsibility of running.
In 2016, Mike, along with the Green Party of Manitoba, was focused on a 4 pillar platform: