Letting the Greens into the club is a test of our democracy.
Looks like it has been decided. The Green party will not take part in the national televised debates. We’ll see if that changes. But the consortium of tv networks, that decide this, don’t want to risk the other leaders not showing up (as they’ve threatened) if the Green party leader Elizabeth May is present. So they’re not inviting her.
All I can say is: Unbelievable!
The Greens have steadily grown in support and now actually have an MP. This and the fact that the environment is just a big concern right now makes it clear they should be in the debate. But they are not a single issues party. They have a full platform with a focus on the environment and some fairly progressive conservative economic policies.
I really think the parties were bluffing, if she was in all teh debates, they’d show up, what are they afraid of? Democracy apparently.
I understand why the NDP don’t want her, they eat into their vote, but it looks so cynical, and to say that its because Jack Layton is running for Prime Minister is silly. We have a parliamentary system, no one is running for Prime Minister, you are all running for MP, even you Jack, especially you Jack.
Who said that a party must have a real chance of winning in order to be valid? We’re one of the only parliamentary democracies in the world that has this strange delusion. And somehow we maintain this delusion in the midst of the existence of the Bloc. They really really don’t want to form the government! They want a lot of say, but they are completely uninetersted in running candidates outside quebec or forming government. So how is a party that consistantly represents 5-8% of the country any stranger?
There does need to be a bar for entry to the debates but by any reasonable measure the Greens have passed it. Our democracy needs to be reformed and part of that is allowing smaller voices to be heard. Obviously the old parties are afraid of that. But you can’t just ignore 5% of the population, espeically in minority times when 5% or 8% could make a difference in the governming party.
Any party leader that doesn’t support the Greens on this, will not get my vote. Makes for a pretty limited choice right now. But maybe they’ll come around yet. If we all complain enough.
UPDATE: We passed the test. On Wednesday the NDP and the Conservatives dropped their objections to the Green Party being present at the debates. I’m very proud of my country today, it was the resonable choice.