Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Victory for Greens

Congratulations to Elizabeth May as she'll be participating in the leaders' debates [CBC, Green leader allowed into debates, networks confirm]:
Green Leader Elizabeth May will be allowed into the federal leaders' debates, Canada's main broadcasters confirmed late Wednesday afternoon.
We need to cement the rules for inclusion in the leaders' debate, so this type of thing does not happen again.

The threshold for inclusion in the federal leaders' debate should be, in my opinion:
  • You achieve the popular vote threshold to receive a public funding subsidy (currently 2%), or
  • You elect a member to Parliament during a federal election or by-election.
Simple and clean.

The first bullet means you are not fringe because you qualify to have us funding some of your research bill. We need to see what policy proposals you have come up with and how well you can defend them - you've convinced enough people to vote for you, so let's see what you got.

In the second bullet, you have elected representation in Parliament, which seems to be the general consensus required.

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