No one asked me
to choose a favourite. In fact, I’ve never been inclined to do so
before. But, I am suddenly full of hope and inspiration. The people of Saanich-Gulf Islands
have elected a stateswoman who is as ordinary as she is incredible.
Single mother, grandmother, former waitress, environmental activist,
author, lawyer, party leader, rookie MP… Most of us can recognize
something of ourselves in Elizabeth May. It is her clarity of purpose
and consequent action that set her apart. I am not alone in thinking
that her election to the House of Commons is the best among outcomes of
the May 2011 federal election. Smart, well spoken, contemporary, and
media savvy, Ms. May was ready to hit the ground running when the House
of Commons resumed sitting on Monday, May 30th. She will undoubtedly
continue to serve Canadians well, as an advocate for democracy and the
environment in particular.