I worked on the Owen Sound Pesticide Bylaw Review Committee to help pass a by-law restricting the non-essential use of pesticides in residential settings. Anne Finlay-Stewart displayed her support by attending committee meetings as a public observer. I am showing my appreciation for Anne and the local food movement by initiating this campaign.
Make an Action Plan to Get to the Future
So how do we get to the future? We need to do more of what works. We need to become solution oriented. To date our most successful Green campaign was Shane Jolley’s last provincial campaign. It was led by Anne Finlay-Stewart. I remember sitting in a room surrounded by old friends and some complete strangers. We were hopeful and excited and unsure of what would happen. Anne gave us a gift then too. She told us:
“There is no room for chicken littles in this campaign.” Anne Finlay-Stewart [Campain Manager for the Green Party]
We will win the next federal election. Because you believe that we will. And we will inspire everyone to work their tails off.
MPP disputes paper’s poll numbers
Editor stands by story
Posted 4 years ago
MPP Bill Murdoch sounded off on a local radio station Friday over a Sun Times article he claims incorrectly stated his election rival received more votes in Owen Sound in the provincial election.
But the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound maverick MPP didn’t provide numbers to back up his claim, telling the radio station he and Green party candidate Shane Jolley were “both in the 40 per cent range” in votes cast by city residents.
The article’s numbers reflected that, saying Jolley earned 43.2 per cent of city votes to Murdoch’s 37.8 per cent.
Murdoch did not respond to repeated telephone requests for an interview.
The purpose of the Sun Times story, which appeared in Wednesday’s newspaper, was to illustrate the Green Party’s strong showing in Owen Sound and the message it sent to municipal politicians about the importance to residents of “greening” initiatives.
The numbers used were from election day only, since votes cast by Owen Sound residents could be separated from overall results. Advance polls were not included because they cover areas beyond the city as well.
Sun Times editor Michael Den Tandt said the newspaper stands by the numbers and the story.
“The story was about the Greens’ performance in Owen Sound specifically, and advance polls were not restricted to Owen Sound. Based on the best numbers we have available to us, Jolley narrowly beat Murdoch in Owen Sound proper. In any case, let’s not split hairs; the point is that the Greens did surprisingly well,” he said.
Murdoch said on the radio the Sun Times is still “taking the green ink out from under their fingernails,” and accused the newspaper of twisting the truth.
The MPP also called an Oracle poll released before the election, which showed his support as 10 per cent lower than his own party’s poll, “phony.”
Den Tandt said Murdoch has been invited to send in a letter to the editor but has declined.
Other election stories have begun to surface in recent days, including one that accuses Murdoch of telling a Green party volunteer days after the vote that “we’re going to fix you.”
Green campaign manager Anne Finlay-Stewart said the volunteer, who canvassed for the Greens but didn’t have anything to do with campaign strategy, told her the story Oct. 12, the day she says it took place.
She wrote in a Sun Times column that the worker told her that Murdoch said: “Don’t talk to me. Don’t come into my constituency office. We’re going to fix you.”
The worker didn’t feel physically threatened and was more surprised than anything, but didn’t want to be identified, Finlay-Stewart said in an interview.
Attempts to contact Murdoch about the allegation were unsuccessful.
Jolley said he had heard of the story, but had no direct knowledge of it.
Other candidates contacted last week said they hadn’t heard of such problems involving any of their workers.
“I have never had a problem with Mr. Murdoch or, frankly, with anyone in his camp,” said Liberal candidate Selwyn Hicks, who called his visit to Murdoch’s office after the election “friendly.”
NDP candidate Paul Johnstone said there was no animosity directed their way from the PC camp.
“We had a good relationship with Bill during the election and still have a good relationship,” he said.
“I know he was upset with some of the Green tactics during the election,” he said, noting an argument at an all-candidates meeting in Meaford about a visit Jolley made to a Wiarton school and whether a Murdoch supporter had complained about it with Murdoch’s knowledge. Supporters of both camps started arguing in the audience.
Hicks said the only problem he had during the campaign was with someone he identified as a Green supporter who ripped out some Liberal signs.
“I’m not saying at all that it would have been condoned by Mr. Jolley. In fact I know he never would have condoned (it). It was just somebody who thought that was the best way to support his candidate.”
Jolley said he doubts it was someone with his campaign team.