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Exclusion Of Green Party Leader From Televized Debates Is Inexcusable

Nobody Even Suggested Excluding Conservatives When They Only Had 2 Seats

by Daniel Johnson

Exclusion Of Green Party Leader From Televized Debates Is Inexcusable

As a federal election approaches, a party with only 2 seats is excluded from the televized leaders debates because, according to the logic of the debates organizers being so small, they're unlikely to win, and that having all six parties in the house invited to the debates would "would unduly limit our ability to hold a substantive debate.".

But this logic is only apply when it's Elizabeth May of the Green Party in question. 

This logic did not apply to Preston Manning when he was the solitary member of the Reform Party caucus in 1993 either. 

This logic did not apply at all to Progressive Conservative Leader Jean Charest in the 1997 election, in fact, nobody even suggested excluding Charest and the Conservatives from participating. 

This isn't exclusing because of party size, this is a deliberate obstruction by reactionary elements in the media attempting to engineer the election turnout to ensure the election of leaders who are supported by corporate interests. 

Canadians should be appalled by how blatant this is. 

Sources

CBC Debate 1993: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Digital+Archives/Politics/Elections/Leaders'+De...

CBC debate 1997: http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/1997-leaders-debate 

Green Party 'Stunned' Over Election Snubs: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/07/10/federal-green-party-stun_n_77678...

 


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