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article imageCanada: Green Party Leader Will Debate

By Bob Ewing     Sep 10, 2008 in Politics
The consortium of networks has confirmed that Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, will take part in the national debates.
Green Leader Elizabeth May will debate. The consortium has confirmed that May will participate in the national debates.
The networks had previously ruled May could not participate because three of Canada's parties were opposed to her inclusion.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Jack Layton indicated earlier today that they no longer oppose May's participation in the debates on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. This influenced the networks decision.
"The important thing is that we have the opportunity for a full and fair exchange of views," she told CBC News. "I'm so grateful to Canadians for protesting loudly enough that we've seen this change.
"I'm not the only winner today — everybody wins."
May stated tens of thousands of Canadians came to her defence, with some staging protests or telephoning the TV networks in charge of the debates. May said the events of the last few days prove that "democracy does not happen behind closed doors."
"When you get engaged, you can change the world, and I intend to do that in the debates," she said.
This whole issue should never have happened, I still wonder what the NDP and the Conservatives were actually afraid of, May, the Greens, both?
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