EX-GREEN PHILIPPE LUCAS ON SONYA CHANDLER + “PROGRESSIVE POLITICS”: ‘I think it would be hard to deny, that she and I have not been the spearheads in terms of progressive politics here in Victoria’

In the blink of an eye it seems the Green Party’s representation on Victoria City Council has all but evaporated.

The recent announcement that Sonya Chandler will leave before the end of her second term is up means the City’s first elected Green will be gone, and now it turns out that Philippe Lucas, victorious on a Green Party slate alongside Chandler in the November, 2008 municipal election, has not renewed his membership with the party.

“Right now, I would call myself politically unaffiliated,” Lucas tells Monday.

So what prompted the man who wrote the BC Green Party’s book on drug policy reform to turn his back on party politics?

“As much as anything else it’s a lack of inspiration by any of the major parties, particularly at the national level.

“I do think that Elizabeth [May] is doing a good job out in Sidney, but as far as our neck of the woods is concerned, I just feel that party politics are getting in the way of progress at every level.”

But what of all the voters that put he and Chandler into office on account of the Green Party cards they carried in their wallets?

“I think that the people that worked for me and those that support me as well as Sonya, generally support progressive politics, and I think it would be hard to deny, that she and I have not been the spearheads in terms of progressive politics here in Victoria,” he says.

CCC BLOG reprint:

Lucas de-Greens

Jason Youmans

Monday Magazine:  mondaymag.com

July 8, 2010

Page  5

CONCERNED CITIZENS’ COALITION WEBLOG

 

[For a link to the article by Jason Youmans in his The Week column in Monday Magazine, please refer to the Comments section below.]


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3 Responses to EX-GREEN PHILIPPE LUCAS ON SONYA CHANDLER + “PROGRESSIVE POLITICS”: ‘I think it would be hard to deny, that she and I have not been the spearheads in terms of progressive politics here in Victoria’

  1. goyodelarosa says:

    This is welcome news, as it is unlikely that either of these candidates would have been elected without the substantial weight of the Green Party machine behind them.

    Neither should ever be re-elected as they have done next to nothing since being elected, save give themselves raises, neglect the homelessness issue, and waste taxpayer’s time supporting an unwelcome and expensive plan to demolish our heritage Johnson Street Bridge.

    It will also be welcome news for aspiring candidates like Barry Hobbis (declared), and Wayne Hollohan (undeclared), both of whom were quite vocal in the last election campaign decrying the ability of big political parties like the NDP and Greens to play unfairly against single independent candidates.

    Gregory Hartnell, Editor
    Concerned Citizens’ Coalition Weblog

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