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Green Party makes history, winning first seat as May unseats B.C. Tory minister

SIDNEY, B.C. – Green Party leader Elizabeth May has made history, becoming Canada’s first-ever Green MP.

May has defeated Conservative cabinet minister Gary Lunn in the Vancouver Island riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.

In an election where history was made on a number of fronts across the country, May’s win seals the 2011 campaign as one like no other.

Lunn had represented the riding since he was elected as a Reform MP in 1997.

May’s win was the result of an all-or-nothing strategy by the party to get her elected.

The party’s campaign revolved around the leader, a long-time environmental activist with national name recognition who moved from one coast to the other to increase her chances of winning.