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Friday, January 26, 2007
The Greens conquer cartoons

I came across a discussion on a messageboard where Green Party supporters were weighing in their thoughts on above cartoon featuring their leader Elizabeth May:


I love it! Thank Camille.  Where did she see it?


Soumis par Neil Adair le 25 Janvier, 2007 - 23:51

Not sure but here's the link:

http://www.mackaycartoons.net/2007/huh2007-01-19.html

This one too!

http://www.mackaycartoons.net/2007/huh2007-01-18.html


If I didn't know that was supposed to be EFM, I wouldn't recognize her. The nose is too long & pointy, the cheeks should be round (not flat). And of course, she should be smiling.

But I suppose the caricaturists will get better with practice. As proof, Harper and Layton are very recognizable above, Dion not so much.

I look forward to 'seeing' more of EFM in the cartoons!

Erich Jacoby-Hawkins
Barrie, ON

p.s. And to recognize us for a non-enviro issue - yay!


Glad to see the cartoonists feel we are a worthy subject, but is the implication here that we stand for poverty? Is it that you have a choice, between an unsustainable, environmentally degraded world, or poverty? Hope not.

Brian Smallshaw
Saanich-Gulf Islands EDA


I thought it was pretty clearly expressing that our party is now leading the way on addressing poverty - in a comprehensive, 'fix for a generation' style via GAI rather than a patchwork of expensive-to-administrate programs which still leave gaps.

The timing is in relation to the policy conference we just had on that topic in BC last weekend. When was the last time a gray party, even the NDP, had a conference on how to end poverty, rather than just demand more money to expand the programs that don't work now?

The cartoon says that EFM and the GPC are staying ahead of the grays - we were onto climate change while they ignored it, now we are also on poverty and they'll have to catch up. We're ahead of the curve. (Standing on the poverty island does not mean we want or will create poverty any more than standing on the climate change island implies we support climate change - in fact, the opposite).

This is a pretty amazing statement from a political cartoonist - very Green-positive, and in a way we want (breaking out of the one-issue-party meme).

Erich Jacoby-Hawkins
Barrie, ON


Yes, I thought it should be taken that way; just wondered if anybody might read it wrong.

Brian Smallshaw
Saanich-Gulf Islands EDA

Posted at 10:41 pm by Graeme_MacKay

bob
July 23, 2008   06:03 PM PDT
 
what does this cartoon mean? is it a gud thing or a bad thing?
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Graeme MacKay
July 28, 2008   10:40 AM PDT
 
The cartoon refers to a news event at the beginning of 2007, when the Green party held a conference to discuss strategies to combat poverty. It came at a time when the three main political parties were in full catch up mode to make it appear they were just as concerned about the environment as the Green Party. The article alongside the cartoon has more context through this link:

http://www.mackaycartoons.net/2007/huh2007-01-19.html
 

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