Cameron Wigmore, Green Party Member: Let Green leader into televised debates

January 18, 2007

Let Green leader into televised debates

Stephane Dion says that Elizabeth May should be allowed into the televised leaders' debates.

Full story here.

"I don't see why not," he said when asked whether May should be allowed to take part.

"I don't agree with her about everything," Dion added. "I'm pleased to be in a party that has a long experience about combining different goals. We're not a one-issue party."

He's referred to the Green Party as a "one-issue" party before and he knows better. As I've said before, the Green Party of Canada has policies and
a platform that covers all issues, and a strategy for implementing them that considers the immediate and long term consequences. When Dion says the Greens are only about one issue, he shows that either he doesn't understand the Green Party or he's just trying to tell Canadians to dismiss the Green Party because he says the Greens don't have a platform or policies that cover other areas.

If Elizabeth May is allowed into the leaders debates Canadians will find out that the Green party is ready, willing and able to bring positive change to government.

The environment is now the single most important issue on the minds of Canadians, and while the Green Party has policies on all issues, making environmental policy work for Canadians is a specialty. Recent polls show that Canadians understand this, with the Green Party at over 10% nationally.

One in every 22 Canadians who voted in the last federal election – 665,940 voters – cast their ballot for the Green Party.

Voters have a right to hear where ALL the major parties stand on the issues. That’s one of the cornerstones of democracy – an informed electorate.

As far as vote quantity goes, the next highest after the Green Party was 'Independent' with 76,696 votes, about one tenth the amount the Green Party received.

As far as percentages go, the next highest federal party after the Green Party had only zero point two percent.

I've heard some people say that if the Green party is included in the televised debates during the next election, we'd have to include all federal parties. Unfortunately for democracy the networks have the authority to say who's included and who's not, and in the end they have the authority decide to let only the Green Party be added, based on information including the above information.

There have been times in the past when other major federal parties had few or no seats in parliament, yet they were not ignored. With rising support, national interest, and your tax dollars helping to fund the federal parties including the Greens, why not let the Green Party have it's voice heard?

For more on this subject go to Demand Democratic Debates

And here, here, here, here, and here.

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Cameron W said...

May urges fellow leaders to back Greens' participation in debates

May urges fellow leaders to back Greens' participation in debates

OTTAWA – The Green Party is urging the leaders of Canada's other main political parties to stand up for fairness and democracy by welcoming party leader Elizabeth May to the podium for the televised leaders' debates during the next federal election campaign.

Ms. May said today that she has written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Conservative), Opposition Leader St├ęphane Dion (Liberal), Jack Layton (NDP) and Gilles Duceppe (Bloc Quebecois) asking them to publicly support her campaign to be heard in the nationally televised debates.

"Eight in 10 Canadians want to see the Green Party in the debates," Ms. May said, "but this is about more than giving the people what they want. It's about making sure that they have all the information they need to make an informed choice at the ballot box by involving all the major parties in the discussion."

Ms. May said that with Green Party support surging to an all-time high of 14 per cent (as measured in the latest Harris/Decima poll), it was obvious that the party had passed the point where its continuing exclusion from this vital national forum could be justified.

"The leaders of the other parties have proved very proficient at talking the talk about democracy and electoral justice," said Ms. May. "Now I am asking them, with the greatest respect, to walk the walk. That means walking to a microphone and announcing that they will stand up for the right of Canadians to hear from the country's other major political party."

The Green Party's latest jump in the polls lifts its standing nationally to three times that of the Bloc (5 per cent) and puts it into a statistical dead heat with the NDP (17 per cent).

"This is about whether we get to have a full and open discussion on all the issues," said Ms. May. "Ultimately, it's about whether we want our electoral system to be fair and democratic. I think that every Canadian politician should be able to get behind that."