The Greens, often seen and promoted as an alternative to the old line parties are not really all that different when it comes to democratic decision making. They are just as bad as the other parties it seems, well maybe not worse than the BC Liberals who also have a penchant for fixing nominations by running roughshod over local constituency associations, but still democracy seems to be a bumpy road, especially with our first past the post system.
If we had proportional representation as an electoral model many of the ingredients for rigging the game and stacking the deck would be lessened, as a number of Greens would be elected and that would reflect the wishes of many voters who prefer their flavour of politics.
In lieu of that ‘Strategic Voting’ between the BC Greens and the BC NDP to back whoever has the best chance to win over the BC Liberals makes sense but not to the party leaders. <sigh>
The Greens should have a voice but to date only one has ever been elected and that of course is in Saanich where Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May won the first election in Canada period.As it is now central party influence and top down candidate installations are far too often the case and that should not be happening in any party, but it does.