“A recognized party under review” – that’s the official view of the Green Party of Nova Scotia from the only organization whose official view really matters – Elections Nova Scotia. Party leader Ryan Watson and Official Agent Kathryn Herbert met today with the province’s Chief Electoral Officer Christine McCulloch regarding the potential deregistration of the party. You may recall that the party failed in its obligation to meet certain deadlines for the submission of important financial information to Elections Nova Scotia. The Green Party of Nova Scotia was given thirty days in which to comply with the law before a decision was made regarding the official status of the party. I was under the impression that the party had complied with the law, that the meeting today was a mere formality – the wagging of a finger by the CEO at the Green Party, with a minor scolding to ensure the party never acted in such a way again.
Christine McCulloch was obviously of a different impression, as she came away from the meeting – according to ENS spokesman Dana Philip Doiron – believing the Greens “didn’t demonstrate that they had taken all of the steps to become an organized party yet.” And so the party’s status remains in limbo, “a recognized party under review”, a new deadline for individual candidate expense forms to be submitted. These must be delivered to ENS by the 18th of this month. That’s just 13 days from now – tick tock tick tock.
Will the party get the job done? The Province’s Chief Electoral Officer “didn’t get that sense of confidence.”
The Green Party of Nova Scotia has dealt itself one successive blow after another – from a botched election to a botched executive. From its failure to comply with its own constitution to its failure to comply with the province’s laws – if there has been a way to screw it up, the Green Party of Nova Scotia has found a way to do it at every conceivable turn.
And yet, here I sit. A paid up member who believes in it still. I am even a brand new member of the executive (interim, pending the result of a postponed constitutional debate) because I believe in the ability of the party to break out of its chronic pattern of self abuse and public humiliation.
And then GPNS can grow to its full potential, where it is the voice for sustainability and self-sufficiency in Nova Scotia. Where it is the advocate for major political reform in Nova Scotia. Where the disenfranchised (and the newly disenfranchised – the coming large demographic of alienated Dippers) turn to GPNS to express and have expressed their own political voices.
GPNS can make an enormous impact in the future, but only by first gaining the confidence of both the Chief Electoral Officer, and the taxpayers of the province of Nova Scotia.