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The so called “Leader’s Debate” was completed Tuesday and Wednesday evening with everyone claiming victory. The Conservative Party claim that Stephen Harper won the debate, the Liberal Party claim Michael Ignatieff won the debate and the NDP claim Jack Layton won the debate. Who actually won? The broadcast consortium won. That’s who.
How did they win? They won because they effectively told the Canadian public that the Green Party of Canada was not a party to take seriously. The broadcasters have decided that a party that received nearly a million votes in the last election, ran candidates in all 308 ridings, had the largest increase in the popular vote and Canadians demanded be involved in the last leader’s debate should be excluded this time around while the leader of a party that represents 1 province with 75 candidates is included. That is democracy?
During the debate, Liberal leader Ignatieff interrupted Conservative leader Harper as Mr. Harper was talking about the supposed “bickering” that appeared to be going on. Mr. Ignatieff quickly made the statement that “this is not bickering, this is democracy”. I would like Mr. Ignatieff to explain himself on this point. How is this democracy when the participants were dictated by a group of suits that are supported by and support the 4 leaders invited.
So, while I was making this point on Twitter yesterday, I was promptly called an “asshat” for even suggesting that Green leader May be included. Jeff Leroux (@jeffleroux), a twitter user who appears to spend more time answering tweets or retweeting rather than coming up with original thoughts of his own, stated to me in reply to my tweet (#db8 Iggy: "This is not bickering, this is democracy". How so @M_Ignatieff when @ElizabethMay is not invited to the debate? Explain? #elxn41) that you need to be a member of parliament to be at the debate. Since when?
And yes Mr. Ignatieff, what was mostly going on during the debate was bickering. Very little was based on what the parties would do if elected and how they would go about doing it. Instead, the leaders all took turns taking shots at the Conservatives while Mr. Harper spent his time deflecting. But did we learn anything new? Not an iota.
So here is my suggestion to the Broadcast Consortium next time there is an election (which should be in another 2 years). Ask the Canadian public who should be invited to the debate. Let the Canadian public decide who they want included in both the English and French debates. Let us decide who we want to listen to the thoughts and ideas of. Don’t dictate to us who we are going to listen to.
Should the Jeff Leroux’s of Canada be afraid if the broadcasters do this. Yes they should. It will be pretty embarrassing for the major leaders when the smaller party leader wins the debate because they actually have ideas worth looking at in Canada. Maybe that was his point. Don’t include Elizabeth May or any other non traditional leader as it might show Canadians that there are actually smarter and more progressive alternatives to the big parties.
- No clear winner in Harper and Ignatieffs six-minute showdown (theglobeandmail.com)
- Harpers leadership rating jumps after debate – but will he hit glass ceiling? (theglobeandmail.com)
- Liberal spin doctors clear winners in debate sideshow (theglobeandmail.com)
During the last election campaign back in 2008, Canadians spoke and demanded that Green Party Leader Elizabeth May be included in the leaders debate. Again during this year’s election campaign the Canadian Broadcast Consortium has excluded the Green’s leader from the Leaders Debate.
Does anyone else think this is funny? Aren’t broadcasters supposed to be impartial when it comes to telling us the news? In 2008, almost 1 million Canadians voted for the Green Party and their candidates but this group of broadcasters has decided yet again to ignore this group of people. They have decided what their version of democracy is.
The funny thing is that none of the other leaders have said that they don’t want Elizabeth included. Former Prime Ministers Paul Martin and Joe Clark have also stated that Elizabeth May should be included in the debate yet the broadcasters stand firm excluding the Green Party leader.
Now the courts have decided that the Green Party doesn’t have the right to fast track any sort of hearing to see if they have the right to have their leader included. Again the Broadcast Consortium wins and gets to decide on democracy in Canada.
The Broadcast Consortium stated that other leaders might not show up if Elizabeth May was allowed to participate. First, I have never heard any leader say they wouldn’t participate. Second, if they didn’t participate, wouldn’t that show what kind of leader that person is? Afraid to take on a leader of the smallest of the 5 major parties? Afraid that this small party leader would show them up? Is that someone we would want leading our country anyway.
So here is my suggestion to anyone who supports the democratic way in Canada. Our democratic way, not the Broadcasters Consortiums version of democracy. If the Elizabeth May is not invited to participate in the leaders debate, why don’t we all turn our channels from the major Canadian networks to one of the Canadian cable channels or even one of the US channels. Let’s boycott the predetermined Leader’s Debate. Let’s show the Broadcast Consortium that we decide what is democracy in Canada is. Let’s show them that they need to be impartial as broadcasters and give Canadians the right to see all. If they can invite a leader who represents one party to the Debate, they can include one that represents all ridings in Canada. BOYCOTT THE DEBATE!!
- Most Canadians want Elizabeth May at leaders’ debate, poll shows (theglobeandmail.com)
- Elizabeth May unlikely to join leaders debate after judge dismisses Green party’s court case (canada.com)
- Federal court denies Elizabeth May’s bid to join leaders debate (globaltvbc.com)
- Court won’t hear Greens’ challenge before debates (cbc.ca)
- Ex-PM Martin wants May in TV debates (thestar.com)