Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is jumping across Canada in her attempt to win the Green’s first elected seat in Parliament.

May has announced she will seek the nomination in Saanich- Gulf Islands, the B.C. riding currently held by Conserv-ative Gary Lunn, minister of state for sport. The West Coast constituency covers part of southern Vancouver Island and most of the tiny islands dotting the southern Georgia Strait west of Vancouver.

But May must first defeat local Green party member Stuart Hertzog, who has already announced he will seek the nomination and oppose May’s plans to parachute into the region.

May has led the national Greens since August 2006 and ran unsuccessfully in last year’s federal election against Conservative Peter MacKay.

Although the Central Nova riding encompasses what May has termed her “personal and political roots,” she says B.C. is the party’s historic seat because the first North American arm of the Green party was formed in the province.