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article imageCanada: Green Party's Elizabeth May out of the debate

By KJ Mullins     Mar 30, 2011 in Politics
Elizabeth May has hired a lawyer after an announcement by the broadcasting consortium has excluded the Green Party leader from the federal leader's debate.
On Tuesday it was announced that the debate would include Conservative Stephen Harper, Liberal Michael Ignatieff, NDP Jack Layton and Bloc Québécois Gilles Duceppe.
The decision to exclude May was made by the broadcast consortium. This happened before during the last election. May in the end joined the other party leaders after public outcry changed the decision. Already CBC has reported on television that a small protest took place this morning on the May situation outside one of their stations. The consortium is made up of the news directors from CBC, CTV, Global, TVA and Radio Canada.
The Globe and Mail quoted NDP leader Jack Layton on the incident:
“Right now there’s no transparency,” Layton said. “There’s this closed-door decision making process. Canadians don’t know what this consortium is up to when it makes its decisions and we think it would be good if she were to be there.”
Stephen Harper, Jack Layton and Michael Ignatieff have all stated in public that they welcome May to join in the debate.
Harper and Ignatieff have both also stated that they would be willing to go head-to-head in a debate. The two party leaders are saying during media broadcasts that the election will come down to the two parties in the end.
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