Krieber's new party?
Over at The Globe and Mail website today, Norman Spector is asking why we in the English media haven't paid more attention to the part of Janine Krieber's (now deleted) Facebook post, in which she muses about joining another party.
“I am starting a serious reflection. I will not give my voice to a
party that will end up in the trashcan of history. I am looking around
me, and certain things are attractive. Like a dedicated party that
doesn't challenge its leader at every hiccup in the polls. A party
where the rule would be the principle of pleasure, and not
assassination. A party where work ethic and competence would be
respected and where smiles would be real. Maybe I'm not dreaming.”
Spector seems to automatically believe that Krieber would go to the NDP. My colleague Chantal Hebert, at her blog, says it could be the Greens or NDP.
Well, contrary to his Spector's speculation, I did actually read to the end of the translated post, and wondered more whether Krieber was thinking about the Green Party. (I stress this is my speculation alone -- I haven't talked to Mme. Krieber or anyone close to her since this news broke on Saturday.)
But here's the argument in favour of the Greens. Let's not forget that Dion had a pact of sorts with Elizabeth May in the 2008 election and the two have been on good terms for a long, long time -- before either of them led a political party. If I recall correctly, Janine Krieber shared her husband's good relations with Elizabeth May. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if Krieber, looking for a new party, was leaning toward the Greens. But I doubt she'd take many Liberals with her in any defection.
*** Update ** For people who enjoy conspiracy theories and/or coincidences, here's a notice of a press conference we just received. Apparently Elizabeth May has a new deputy leader in Quebec; identity to be revealed tomorrow. Do I believe it is Mme. Krieber? No. But is it fun to speculate that it could be? Yes.
Announcing Green Party of Canada’s New Deputy Leader
The Green Party of Canada will be announcing their New Deputy Leader in Quebec. Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Deputy Leader, Adriane Carr will join the new Deputy Leader at the press conference.
Date : Tuesday, Novembre 24th 2009
Time : 9:30 am
Location : Hotel Fairmont – Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Room Hochelaga 5, 900 Rene-Levesque West Blvd., Montreal, Quebec
The new Deputy Leader and Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada will be available for individual interviews following the press conference.