Vancouver Centre candidate Adriane Carr says the Green Party of Canada will win seats in B.C. in the May 2 federal election.
The party, which has never elected a member of Parliament, is running candidates in all 308 riding across the country.
In the 2008 federal election, the Green party also ran candidates in every B.C. riding but failed to win any seats.
According to Carr, the party’s deputy leader, things are different this time around.
She noted the party already had advertising, a campaign strategy, and policies in place before the election was called.
“We are way better prepared than we have ever been,” she said.
“I think we’re going to elect Greens here [in B.C.],” she added.
The Green party’s top goals are electing Leader Elizabeth May and increasing its share of the vote in all other ridings, Carr said.
May’s Saanich-Gulf Islands riding has been a focus for the party over the last year and a half, Carr said.
“We’ve had a canvass team on the ground, knocking on doors, identifying the vote,” she said.
“She [May] has just been out a lot in her community and this election will be spending more time than most leaders—because there’s no safe seat yet for the Greens—in her riding.”
Carr also said she believes she has a shot at winning in Vancouver Centre.
“My gut instinct tells me I’m close in this riding,” she said.
“I never saw it like this in the last election, people coming up to me and saying,”¦”˜I’ve decided to vote for you.’”
Carr also touted her party’s approach to the environment and the economy.
“Although the Green party has got, obviously, policies across the spectrum I think we’re trusted the most on the fact that we will protect the environment, and we push the other parties and governments to do that,” she said.
“I think secondly that here in British Columbia we’re at the leading edge of changes to put us on a more sustainable economic path and that sustainable or green economy is the economy of the future.”
May is set to attend a rally at noon on April 11 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Green party is calling the event a “Rally for Democracy”.
Please note: This article was corrected on April 7, 2011, to indicate the Green Party of Canada has never elected a member of Parliament.