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On the surface, the breakthrough for the Greens should be making environmentalists cheer At the time of writing, with the opposition parties emboldened by the latest sponsorship revelations, an early federal election seems a serious prospect. When an election is called, the Green Party of Canada is likely to be a bigger presence in the campaign than ever before. The party’s half-million votes in the 2004 election, while not winning it any seats, were enough to allow it to qualify for funding under new election financing rules – a $1-million-plus shot in the arm.

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