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Michael Oddy

Michael Oddy is a teacher at Sir John A. Macdonald High School in Hubley, NS. He was the first Green Party member to seek election to the provincial legislature. He is formally running as an Independent because the Greens aren't yet an official provincial party - See Green Party of Nova Scotia.

Green Party goes provincial by entering Chester-St. Margarets byelection(external link)

In a story reporting thatChester hopefuls all agree: VLTs gotta go(external link), Oddy is quoted as saying:
"Governments are, frankly, addicted to the revenues that come in, even though, ironically, it costs them more in the long run," he said."

Interim GPNS leader


Oddy was acclaimed as the Green Party of Nova Scotia's interim leader?. He subsequently ran in a spring byelection?.

His strong support of grassroots democracy and insistence on bottom-up organizing? and refusal to follow poor procedures of the GPC were several of the reasons for his strong performance in that role. With unanimous support of at least two live meetings (voting 5-0 and 6-0 in favour) Oddy strongly condemned Jim Harris in a series of moves widely reported in the Maritime press through the entire summer and fall of 2005.

2006


In a widely read and reported confrontation during the Canadian federal election, 2006, which Bruce Wark reported in a Halifax news magazine(external link):

" With a federal election looming, voters who care about environmental issues should heed the roars of battle coming from within the Green Party of Canada. The internal fighting erupted publicly last week in Halifax when my good friend Michael Oddy, leader of the Nova Scotia Greens, confronted federal leader Jim Harris. Their clash came during an open meeting Wednesday evening at the Dalhousie law school. As about 40 onlookers listened, Oddy angrily denounced Harris for moving the Green Party to the right. "Hundreds of greens across the country have left the party in droves," Oddy declared. Then, he read from his letter resigning from the Green Party shadow cabinet, a small federal body that has been crafting party policy. "Jim's commitment to free market capitalism and hence the mainstreaming of the party has led to the betrayal of our commitment to the Global Green Charter?. This right wing political philosophy has infiltrated every facet of the party, including platform and policy development." His characterization of the GPC Council Crisis as evidence of right-wing politics? in action was refuted by Harris and has been rejected by most Greens.
During that election came the widely publicized departure of Lori-Ann Martino and an open letter from Craig Hubley re GPC abuses, both extremely critical of Harris and verifying all the organizational issues Oddy had reported.

Late in the election, in mid-January, in a move widely reported by Maritime mass media?, Oddy endorsed strategic voting for the New Democratic Party of Canada to stop Stephen Harper from becoming Prime Minister of Canada in the Canadian federal election, 2006. Some radio sources briefly erroneously reported that it had been Michael Marshall. In this statement, Michael Oddy single-handedly did more damage to the Green Party in Nova Scotia than any other previous incident.

Oddy claimed to be making the request to strategically vote on behalf of the Green Party of Nova Scotia. This did not have the backing of most members and was seen as a poor move. In the encouragement of strategic voting, he threw away any claim he had to the moral high ground, advocating that Greens bend and vote against someone, vote in fear, rather than voting in hope of something better.

This move turned the tide against Michael Oddy. Regardless of what anyone thought of GPC, it was now on a completely different level. He had betrayed them, stabbed them in the back. Their work was made to feel expendable.

This led to a groundswell against him within the GPNS. It was rumored that he had intented to try for the GPNS leadership, but after his radio tactic, this seemed unlikely. Whether he quit or was forced out is not a matter of public record, but there was significant discontent and mistrust of him all around. Craig Hubley took his side as well, which led to his alienation from those who were trying to form the GPNS.

Oddy has attempted to make amends by stating that he was only attacking those who were supposedly abusing power. This was a rather moot point, as this was long after the fact, and many had taken his attack on Greens within Nova Scotia as a personal attack.


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