Michael Conners of NTV conducted an interview with me on Dec 21st which quickly aired that night. I was very impressed with how well it turned out and was very happy that there was no negative spin taken. Great promotion for the start of the campaign...
There was also a article posted on the NTV website (http://www.ntv.ca) written also by Michael.
Local Green candidate tries to overcome seal hunt platform
by Michael Connors
December 21, 2005
It's never easy for new political parties to get traction in this province. For local Green Party candidates, the job has been made even more difficult by their leader's opposition to the seal hunt. Stephen Harris is running for the Greens in St. John's East. He likes the party's vision of ending the conflict between the environment and the economy. The party's policy of "tax shifting" would place more taxes on junk food and companies that pollute, and ease the burden on healthy food and clean industries. But that message doesn't get much attention in Newfoundland and Labrador. Instead, party leader Jim Harris came to St. John's on Dec. 1 and called on the federal government to stop supporting the seal hunt. Mr. Harris says he hasnÂt heard about anything else from voters since. He says he has gotten many e-mails complaining about the platform. The seal hunt has been an ongoing source of conflict between the national Green Party and its membership in this province. People who supported the party in the past have left, including the party's nominee in Labrador, because of the platform. Mr. Harris says he personally supports the seal hunt as long as it is conducted in an environmentally sustainable manner. But he has stayed with the party because he believes its overall message is worth fighting for. He admits the Greens will have a tough time in Newfoundland and Labrador. While the party has only a handful of nominations to fill across the rest of the country, four of the seven ridings in this province still do not have Green candidates. Mr. Harris worries that if the party is going to run in all 308 districts again, it will have to resort to parachuting candidates from other provinces.
A special thanks to Michael Conners and NTV for the opportunity to speak my mind and further spread the awareness of the Green Party.
Visit thier website: http://www.ntv.ca