As I sift through emails and phone calls today I’m hearing a lot of chatter about the Green Party. While I’m sure Elizabeth May would rather get buzz on other subjects at least they’re getting buzz.
Frankly I’m a bit embarrassed today to be a Canadian. While we’re allegedly dropping bombs on Libyans loyal to their leader, and teaching Afghanistanis how to roll up the rim and eat beavertails our Mainstream media are slashing Democracy in our country by trying to keep a National leader from a debate televised over public airwaves for the flimsiest of reasons.
Why? Well I can’t answer that. I can only guess, and either I’m a bad guesser or didn’t drink enough coffee today as I can’t come up with a legitimate or justifiable reason for this sort of fiasco.
Apparently neither can the leaders of the political parties as they’ve all mumbled noises about they having no problems with Ms May participating. Stephen Harper even suggested a one on one debate with Mr. Ignatieff which I really like the idea of.
Locally though things seem to be taking a more sinister and partisan focus. We have a failed Conservative Candidate, Chris Savard, using his role as a the manager of a Shopping Mall to evict a Green Candidate for campaigning and then a newspaper writing an editorial essentially supporting the former Conservative candidate while sporting a sign on their lawn for the local Conservative candidate in the Federal election.
I even hear rumblings that the local Chamber of Commerce is about to host an all candidates debate, but have all of the panel and moderator be Conservatives? Surely with 700+ members they could find at least one Liberal and one NDP to participate which would pretty much represent the voter turnout? As a matter of fact I’ve heard that Mr. Savard himself is to be one of the panel and after this issue I surely hope that would be remedied if Mr. Savard was to be on the panel?
What do you think viewers? Should elections be allowed to sink to these levels? Should our own Democracy not be protected and practiced?
And a final note. In this short election I hope that we get a good voter turnout. This is an important election locally and Nationally.
If you don’t vote you can’t complain!
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