Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Include the Green Party in the Debate

I have not changed my position since I last spoke about it; I believe that the Green Party has a rational platform on national policy that deserves open debate with the other leaders. I may not agree with every part of it, but it deserves to be debated. And now, they have an MP.

I second DemocraticSPACE's call for the Green Party and Elizabeth May to be included in the national leaders' debate.

Greg puts it well:

The Greens are one of only 5 parties to receive public funding (about $1.2 million in 2006); Canadians deserve to hear what they are getting for their money. In 2006, the Greens won over 660,000 votes, about 1 in 20 votes, 24 times more than the next most populous party, so they can hardly be called “fringe”. They are polled by every pollster in Canada and have consistently maintained the support of about 1 in 10 Canadians since 2006. They are one of only 4 parties to run a full slate of candidates. And they now currently have an MP. By most objective metrics, the Greens should be included.

2 comments:

Brian said...

I guess being the Liberal candidate in Central-Nova may now become the problem in that our party is not completely independent of the Liberals. Looking back, it's too bad May made that blunder.

It's also doesn't appear great that May is using a MP who only is a Green due to the fact that the Liberals would not accept him back into the party.

If you believe that the ends justify the means, then May probably should be in the debate.

JimBobby said...

Whooee! Good boggin', Jim.

Brian,
If you believe that the 650,000 Canadians who voted Green in 2006 should have some representation in the debates, then May should be in.

If you believe the numerous polls that say 70%-77% of all Canadians want to see May in the debates, then she should be in.

If you believe that the Greens are running against Liberals in 306 of 308 ridings, the Greens should be in.

If you believe that the Canadian taxpayers who fund only 5 federal parties and fund the Greens to the tune of $1.2 million a year should see where there money goes, then the Greens should be in.

If you believe that a party that runs in only one province and stands for the dissolution of the Canadian federation should be in, then you've got Duceppe, who has been in every debate.

May went to the five fatcats from teh TV networks and asked to see the rules so that she could comply. She was told there are no written rules and they make up rules as they see fit, when they see fit. The reason they consistently gave for barring her from the debates was the lack of an MP.

When the BQ was first allowed in the debates, none of the BQ members had been elected as BQ members. When Preston Manning was first allowed in the debates, there was just a single Reform MP in Parliament.

The system is unfair. The most important and highest profile political events of our election campaigns are being stage managed by a handful of TV network corporate executives. If you agree that we should sacrifice our democracy to corporate interests, you've had it your way, so far.

JB