National Green leader Elizabeth May visits to back Cowichan candidate Kerry Davis

Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May visited Duncan last week to support Cowichan
Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May visited Duncan last week to support Cowichan's B.C. Green candidate Kerry Davis, during brunch at the Old Firehouse Wine Bar.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Canada's Green party leader, Elizabeth May, admits her island colleagues are a provincial shade of Green.

Still, Cowichan's Green candidate,m Kerry Davis, was stoked having May in Duncan Saturday to support Davis' party's platform built on an environmentally based economy.

"It means a lot to me. I helped Elizabeth with her (2011 federal) campaign; now she's helping me with mine."

May main streeted at the Duncan Farmer's Market, lunched with Green faithful in the Old Firehouse Wine Bar, then spoke to supporters in Duncan's St. John's Anglican Church.

"I know Kerry Davis, and think he'd be fantastic in the legislature," said May, a lawyer and Canada's first and only Green member.

The Saanich-Gulf Islands' MP predicted Adrian Dix's NDP party will win a big majority on May 14, while Green members could form the opposition.

"I don't think the Liberals will even manage to hang on to (premier) Christie Clark's seat."

A Green opposition could "constructively" hammer home B.C.'s environmental crises — opposing the proposed Enbridge oil pipeline, fish farms, natural-gas fracking, and raw logs exports — plus a list of local worries, she explained.

May was alarmed about a lack of Cowichan control of importation of toxic soil to Shawnigan Lake and Glenora.

She also backed local control of Cowichan River's flow storage for salmon habitat.

But May was careful not to wade too far into strictly local issues.

Instead, the gregarious Green leader commented on valley beefs with some federal focus.

Take the derelict, oil-filled ship Dominion still lashed to a dock in Cowichan Bay.

"Transport Canada's budget has been significantly slashed concerning derelict ships (removal); derelict ships are a problem up and down the coast."

May was also glad North Cowichan council has adopted a climate-action plan to scrub its carbon footprint, though disappointed Cowichan has no tree-cutting bylaw.

Despite some locals opposing a tax to fund the plan, May was optimistic about stopping energy wasting.

She said solar, wind and tidal projects could be "decentralized" to communities such as Cowichan.

"In Canada, we waste half of the energy we use because of poor power designs," she said.

"But once you take a single step to doing anything, you can feel the hope."

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