"Green Party Wins First Seat in Canada's Parliament"

"SIDNEY, B.C. -- Green Party Leader Elizabeth May tonight became the first Green MP elected to the House of Commons since the party was founded in 1983.

Conservative Cabinet Minister Gary Lunn, who had won five straight elections and represented the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding for the last 14 years, lost his seat in the historic upset.

Lunn was minister of state for sport and the minister in charge of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who lost a vote of confidence in March, triggering the general election.

Across the country Conservatives won a solid majority Monday night after five years of minority government.

For the first time in history, the New Democratic Party will form the Official Opposition after voters gave the left-leaning party 102 seats."

Environment News Service had the story May 2, 2011.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011