Parliamentary reporter Gloria Galloway writes in the Globe and Mail that “Jane Philpott is assessing her political options after being told she is not wanted as a Liberal and says she could run as a candidate for the New Democrats or the Greens, or even as an independent, in the election next fall … [and] … Ms. Philpott, a medical doctor who was praised for her performance as a cabinet minister in the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says she has been approached by other parties and is considering whether she has a future in politics.“
““I have some decisions to make in the next few weeks as to whether or not I will run again federally. At the moment, the door is closed to me running as a Liberal,” she told CTV’s Question Period in a show that aired on Sunday … [but, she added] … “I have been approached by people of other parties and I’m weighing those options” … [and] … Ms. Philpott said she has had conversations with both the NDP and the Green Party … [she said that] … “What I’ve said up to now is that I have not closed any doors. I have a range of options, obviously. I could leave politics altogether and go back to doing medicine, or something .. [and] … I could also run as an independent” … [but] … What she would not do, said Ms. Philpott, is run for the Conservatives. “I think there are too many policy differences.”” I agree, fully, with her last sentiment. While I think that Dr Philpott is very much like Andrew Scheer in being a fundamentally decent, honest, patriotic Canadian, I doubt that she and he could agree on many policy issues … and that does not make either wrong. She has deeply, honestly, sincerely held views, shaped by her life experiences and religious beliefs and world view that are at odds with the view held by Andrew Scheer and many other Conservatives.
I wonder how Elizabeth May and Jagmeet Singh might think about Dr Philpott … both must be aware that she is a star and might, very likely would be seen as a potential leader of either the Greens or the NDP. I, personally, doubt that Dr Philpott is a socialist, but she is, I am fairly sure, an idealist. If she joined the Greens, where I suspect she might be a very good fit, then it would not surprise me if her political ‘coattails,’ unlike Elizabeth May’s, might be big enough to bring a dozen Greens into parliament and, finally, give that party official standing. If she joins the Greens then I believe that Ms May is toast, but the Green Party would be on the road to some electoral success. My guess is that ALL of the seats she could win for the Greens would come because the young progressives, especially young women, who voted, overwhelmingly, for Justin Trudeau in 2015 (and who are the hope of the NDP in 2019) would vote for their local Green Party candidate if Dr Philpott was a Green, too. I think she might be able to reshape the current Green party into a more formidable political force as are, for example, the powerful and generally centrist Greens in Finland (Vihreät de Gröna).
The Liberal Party has lost a star because Justin Trudeau cannot admit that he might have attempted to obstruct justice.
Ms Galloway says that “Ms. Philpott said there have been moments when she has considered quitting politics. But, she said, it is not a good thing for people who stand on principle to allow themselves to be pushed out and constituents have been encouraging her to stay … [therefore] … she said: “I will be sitting down with my volunteers, and many others, doing some door-knocking over the next couple of weeks, hear what people say, if they would support me again, and if so, under what banner.”“
I wish her the very best. I suspect that she might be able to upset more than one political applecart in October.