In December 2013, when Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May was joined by Bruce Hyer, who’d left the NDP in 2012, many Green supporters believed their party was on the cusp of becoming a mainstream national institution. With two sitting MPs, it looked as though the Greens might finally compete with the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP. That hasn’t happened.

The Green Party has one fundamental problem: It’s not quite clear why it exists. A lot of its policies — such as low taxes and increased government transparency — already are embraced by more established parties The Liberals and NDP share the Greens’ desire to protect the environment, and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, in particular, is moving toward the Greens’ pro-legalization position on marijuana. On some issues, such as opposition to genetic modification of agricultural products, the Greens stand on their own, but only because these positions are generally more scientifically dubious. (In the past, Ms. May herself has promoted even more fringe views, such as scaremongering about the supposed ill effects of computer WiFi networks.)


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