The House

Elizabeth May on the political year that was... and her wish for 2018

The leader of the Green Party sits down with The House.
Green Party leader Elizabeth May speaks to reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday Nov. 6, 2017. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

We asked the leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May, what she considers to be the biggest political story of 2017, and her answer came quickly.

"The biggest kick in the gut was the withdrawal of the commitment to electoral reform because the parliamentary committee on electoral reform had heard from tens of thousands of Canadians. The vast majority wanted to see us get rid of the 'first past the post voting system," she said.

As far as 2018 is concerned, May's wish is... to take a little politics out of, well, politics.

"If we could take the political party operatives and shut them away in a locked time capsule and not let them out until the next writ period, we'd be much better off," she told The House.

"My sense is that there's a real significant lack of cooperation because the opposition parties aren't looking at 'how do we make parliament function well', they're looking at how do we pile up a whole bunch of sound bites to make the Liberals look bad later. I'm hoping desperately that we can get people to be more respectful of our democracy and parliament itself, but those spin doctor people - they're the problem."

The leader of the Green Party joins us to discuss the decision to go ahead with the Site C project in British Columbia.