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FAMILIARITY HAS BENEFITS – Lenore Morris believes running in her second campaign gives her a distinct advantage over her opponents.

The choice is clear, Green candidate believes

Lenore Morris, the candidate for the federal Green Party, isn’t lacking in confidence.

By Tim Giilck on September 17, 2021

Lenore Morris, the candidate for the federal Green Party, isn’t lacking in confidence.

“My party is a small one but even in a field of strong Yukon candidates this September 2021, I am the best candidate,” she declared.

Morris is a prominent lawyer here in Whitehorse, and a second-time candidate for office for the Green Party.

As her comment indicates, she’s not short on bravado and chutzpah.

At the start of the campaign, she even took time off for a pre-arranged kayaking excursion in British Columbia with friends without apology.

Morris is a longtime political aficionado. It’s part of what makes her tick.

“Politics, and government, is how we lead, and how we can change not just our own personal circumstances but the circumstances of many,” she told the Star.

“It amplifies our voice and our impact. I believe that many of the changes that Canadian society needs, can only be brought about by collective action, in particular through our elected governments.”

After running in the 2019 campaign and not coming close to winning, no one could blame Morris for taking a pass this time.

That’s evidently not something in her character. While she might have welcomed some new blood, she wasn’t reluctant to step forward, even with the party leadership in turmoil.

“I come from a very political family – my mom had a degree in political science as does one of my sons – and a surprising number of us are lawyers.

“I’ve been arguing and defending my positions my entire life, including during my career as a lawyer. I think I know the difference between a sound position and B.S.

“In terms of the Green Party values and platform, they are bold but also careful and thought through. I support them and am happy to promote them.”

Morris said she’s also at a place in her life where she can afford the time to indulge some of her social and political passions.

“Personally, I’m already established in my law career, I’ve raised two children into adulthood, and I have time, energy and focus.

“Politically, the Earth is literally at the breaking point, and I do not believe that the middle-of-the-road, status quo, business-as-usual approach of the two big parties, will do at this point in time,” Morris said.

“I also see that inequality in our Canadian society, particularly economic inequality, is increasing, with serious negative implications for our democracy. We need more voices speaking up for change.”

Her complete confidence in her own abilities is also a strength in the political arena.

Even this year’s divisive infighting amongst the Green Party’s board members and leadership hasn’t fazed her.

She was quite forthright about running in this election with the party in a state of disarray.

“It’s impossible to completely ignore it (the party dissension), Morris acknowledged. “But the Green Party is a very democratic party, and that’s one of the reasons I support it.

“It’s surprisingly easy to just focus on Yukon issues,” she added. “Yukon is such an interesting riding, particularly in this election.”

The Green Party’s environmental roots are the main factor that first attracted Morris to it back in 2012, she said.

“All parties talk about them but only one makes it a priority,” she said.

She said she thinks the party could be poised to make a breakthrough during this election.

“All kinds of people are interested in Green Party issues,” Morris said.

“If I win, I will take the views of Yukoners to Ottawa and amplify them. I will work with whatever party forms the government. I will keep that party honest.”  

And if she loses?

“I will remain an active member in the Green Party. I will practise law. I will continue my activism.”

Morris said she thinks running in her second campaign gives her a distinct advantage.

“I learned a lot in my first campaign. I think where that will be most useful is in the election forums.

“The first all-candidates’ event, the CYFN (Council of Yukon First Nations) forum, demonstrated the greater comfort and local knowledge level of the experienced candidates.” 

Comments (12)

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Jim Dandee on Sep 20, 2021 at 1:22 pm

The greens are an ultra fringe party with minimal support in Canada. They are populated by the usual platoon of alarmists, opportunists and activists. While it serves to give a voice to the fringe element, their platform is even less realistic than the NDP's.

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Jim Dandee on Sep 18, 2021 at 8:44 pm

I guess it is good she is running in that she may pull a few votes away from the liberals and hopefully prevent Hanley becoming our MP. Everyone of course has some merit. However, I have dealt with this candidate on a professional level and found her to be wanting in character. And no we were not legal antagonists. Sorry, that my view does not correspond with some others on these comments.

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My Opinion on Sep 18, 2021 at 8:04 pm

"I do think I'm a strong candidate." Really? Most candidates don't seem to have to shout their superiority from the roof tops. A little humbleness might be in order.

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Lenore Morris on Sep 18, 2021 at 2:18 pm

Lenore here and wow! Yikes! If the writer ever meets me in person, I hope he'll find I'm not as insufferable as all that. I do think I'm a strong candidate. I assume all the candidates do, otherwise it would be really hard to ask people to vote for us. Only one of us will win, but we're all working really hard to give Yukoners choices on Monday. For 4 of us there will be no reward other than knowing we made democracy better. Please everyone, do your part too. Get out and vote.

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Sorry, wrong platform on Sep 18, 2021 at 8:11 am

While personally I think she is a fine candidate and a good person, I can't vote for a party that is against any type of resource extraction, especially when my and my families livelihood depends on it. Considering that mining still puts food on the table for a lot Yukoner's, the green party platform is the wrong choice for us here.

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Politico on Sep 17, 2021 at 10:44 pm

So Yukoner ‘71 you won't vote green because of their "disfunctionality " so are you voting Conservative because they can vet their candidates so thoroughly!
@ JSM you won't vote green because you don't think their leader will be around next year so what do you think is going to happen to the "Tool" if he doesn't form a government !

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MCF on Sep 17, 2021 at 8:25 pm

So happy Lenore is running, as I was able to vote for someone I truly believe would make an excellent MP. IMO the most qualified and well-spoken of the five. It's unfortunate the party is in shambles. I hope she continues to run in future elections.

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 17, 2021 at 5:44 pm

The few 'green' supporters I know are radicals about it. Absolute absence of common sense. Wood, is a renewable resource. Cut down one square, replant, rotate and 50 years you can cut it down again. When you close the entire process, all that happens is you have hundreds of people out of work. The green party doesn't care about those small things, like lost jobs, hungry children.. you know..the little things that are sacrificed to save a tree. A few years ago, I had this exact discussion with a strong green party person, and his reply was, they'll get welfare or go live with mom, but that tree hasn't got anyone. No green vote from me.

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marc on Sep 17, 2021 at 5:14 pm

Party lines are blurred, all parties campaign on the flavour of the day. Lenore is by far the best candidate for the Yukon.

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Yukoner ‘71 on Sep 17, 2021 at 4:36 pm

I would not vote for the Green Party, especially in light of its recent dysfunction and internal bickering. However out of all the candidates I think Lenore Morris is probably the most ethical person running.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 17, 2021 at 4:13 pm

The Nation needs politicians, not tree huggers. But, anyway, good luck with that.

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JSM on Sep 17, 2021 at 3:34 pm

I quite like Lenore as a person but no one can seriously vote for the green party expecting leadership out of a party whose leader might not even be around this time next year.

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