Can our politicians really be so childish?
I’m not a Green Party member. I doubt I’ll actually vote for them (I vote based on the candidate in my riding first, and political party affiliation second).
The Green Party garnered approx. 5% of the popular vote in the last election. They’ve ran candidates in all of the ridings. They now have a sitting MP – yes he crossed the floor, but both the CONS and the LIBS have benefited from the floor crossings in the last few years so they can’t really argue that point with any credibility. These were the basic criteria that the media consortium who run the national debates gave the Green Party during the last election in order to be included in the debates during this election. Now that they’ve met those criteria they are still being excluded from the process because the CONS and NDP (most vocally) will not participate if they are included. I call BS on this. It does not matter what your political affiliation is, you should be seriously concerned about supporting any politician who would actively subvert democracy this way. I say let the Greens in, if the CONS and the NDP want to take the balls (or lack there of) and go home they can – they are within their rights not to participate but I suspect it would do them a HUGE amount of damage…although the debates might be more interesting for us with only the LIBS, BLOC and Green debating.
Arghhh…why must politics in Canada be the art of choosing between the lesser of all the evils?