The Green party may abandon its efforts to field candidates in every riding so it can target certain areas.
In an interview before her speech, Ms. May said the party is still deciding its election strategy. The Greens fielded candidates in all 308 ridings across Canada during the 2004 and 2006 votes. Their tactics might change next time, Ms. May said.
"It's possible we won't have people in every riding, that will be up to my federal campaign chair," she said,
On the face of it, May's comments are counter-intuitive. Given that parties receive federal money, based on vote total, it would seem logical to want a full slate, to maximize turnout, particularly in an election that could bring record support. As it relates to debate inclusion, the argument that Greens are running everywhere helps the cause.
I'm not privy to Green Party discussions, but if I'm allowed to speculate, May's comments suggest the first concrete signal that the Liberals and Greens may work together in an effort to stop center-left fragmentation, while Harper benefits. If this is indeed the motivation, I don't see it as circumventing democracy, but more correctly, plain smart.
As an aside, it would be a powerful testament of principle, if May sacrificed the self-interest of her party and saw the need to focus on the big picture. If it turns out that there is an informal alliance in the next election, then I will surely give the Greens my vote as some small compensation- my riding is beyond blue, it's depressing actually.