Green party launches common ground plan
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May speaks to party supporters during the kick-off of her national election campaign at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse in Saanichton, near Victoria, British Columbia, on Saturday, March 26, 2011. (Deddeda Stemler / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Monday, March 28, 2011 4:40PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 19, 2012 4:19AM EDT
SAANICH, B.C. - Amid the finger pointing and name calling of a federal election campaign, Green party Leader Elizabeth May is urging her political rivals to seek a consensus on issues she says are important to Canadians.
May has launched what the Greens are calling a "common ground" campaign that will feature an issue every day this week where she says political leaders should be able to find agreement.
The first issue on May's list is youth unemployment, which she says needs to be tackled with job training and help for tuition-fee debt.
She says there won't be any progress in the country as long as politicians are hard-wired to a state of constant warfare that only discourages people from voting in elections.
The Green party leader plans to spend much of her time during the election campaigning in the B.C. riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands, where she hopes to best Conservative cabinet minister Gary Lunn.