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The Pollcast: Can the federal Greens tap into provincial momentum?

The Pollcast: Can the federal Greens tap into provincial momentum?
From CBC - December 7, 2017

The CBCPollcast, hosted by CBC poll analyst ric Grenier, explores the world of electoralpolitics,political polls and the trends they reveal.

It has been a good year for the Greens, who have doubled their provincial representation and are partners in a governing agreement with the New Democrats in British Columbia.

The party began 2017 with three MLAs, one each in B.C., New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.But after B.C.'s provincial election in the spring and a byelection victory in P.E.I.last week, the Greens now have six. Support for the federal Green Party, however, has hardly budged over that time and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May remains the sole Green MP in the House of Commons.

The Greens now appear to be having most of their success at the provincial level. Can May, who has led the federal party since 2006 and has been the MP for SaanichGulf Islands, B.C. since 2011, capitalize on that success to elect other Green MPs in the 2019 federal election?

And how will the debate over leaders debates, which the Liberal government is proposing should be handled by an independent commission in future elections, impact the electoral prospects of the Green Party?

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