The release doesn’t seem to be on the Ontario Green Party’s website yet, but by e-mail I’m informed the party has a new interim female deputy leader, Melanie Mullen, the existing female deputy leader, Victoria Serda, having stepped down to focus on her work as a town councillor in Saugeen Shores.
Nothing against Mullen, who’s unpolished but obviously knowledgeable, and pulled 11.4 per cent of the vote as a candidate in Niagara Falls in the last provincial election … but why the heck does the party specifically have male and female deputy leaders, and male and female regional representatives?
This is the sort of thing that makes the party look like leftover hippies, ascribing more value to intrinsic characteristics than personal qualities and ideas in choosing officers.
The party just acclaimed Jeanie Warnock as its eastern region female representative — who was, of the dozens of provincial candidates I met in the last election, one of the two weakest, least prepared, most ill-suited to the task of winning office that she’d set for herself (the other possibility was the New Democrat in her riding, whom she beat by 60 votes). The only reason she’s on the Ontario Greens’ executive now is because of a party quota. It’s not a recipe for success.