Yeah, yeah, the Green party increased their share of the vote.
But the NDP and the Green vote combined was still only enough for third place behind the Liberals and the Conservatives. The Green's best result was 13.5%. If any vote splitting occurred, it split at the margins.
How much of that is genuine support, and how much of that is protest vote is uncertain. Also voter turnout was dismal in all ridings, how many Liberal supporters stayed home out of disgust over Dion's spinelessness?
I'm happy for the Green party, I really am. But we have to temper the enthusiasm here. Only a general election will truly show the depth of Green party support.
The one thing the by-elections proved, the Green Party deserves to be included in televised debates this time around. Anything less would be a slap in the face of the voters.