Monday, September 8, 2008

You May Not...but Larry might...

Well Miss May if you can't get on the big stage with the "old boys" we have Larry McGuire down here who I'm sure would love to stage a debate with you or anyone who'll listen. In fact the two of you would be quite entertaining and maybe we could start up "Political Idol" and get you both some free press... keep up the great work Miss May, keep threatening to sue, stick it to the man, and keep up the name calling as it's lends creditability to your cause???
Green party leader excluded from TV debates
The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Green party Leader Elizabeth May has been shut out of the televised election debates after every party but the Liberals shunned her inclusion. TV network officials hinted that one or more of the other party leaders would otherwise pull out of the showcase election event, set for Ottawa on Oct. 1 and 2. “The (network) consortium approached the parties to explore the possibility of including the Green party in all or part of the leaders’ debates,” spokesman Jason MacDonald said. “However, three parties opposed its inclusion and it became clear that if the Green party were included, there would be no leaders’ debates. “In the interest of Canadians, the consortium has determined that it is better to broadcast the debates with the four major party leaders, rather than not at all.” The nationally televised event is run by Canada’s private networks as an umbrella group that decides who takes part. The consortium includes CBC, Radio Canada, CTV, Global and TVA. Liberal Leader Stephane Dion has said he would welcome the chance to debate May on TV. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday that May’s inclusion would in essence allow a second Liberal candidate to participate. He said May’s platform is similar to Dion’s and that she will ultimately endorse the Liberals. “Elizabeth May is not an opponent of Stephane Dion,” Harper said at a campaign event in Richmond, B.C. “She is his candidate in (the Nova Scotia riding of) Central Nova, and I think it would be fundamentally unfair to have two candidates who are essentially running on the same platform in the debate.” May threatened to go to court over Monday’s decision, accusing the TV networks of “old boy” tactics as she squarely blamed Harper for her exclusion. “I think Mr. Harper’s role was determinative,” she said in an interview. “He was the only one making the (public) case that I was not allowed to participate. “In the interest of fairness ... and a full and fair election, the Green party will seek the guidance of the Federal Court in terms of ... how manipulated the public airwaves can be by the objection of a prime minister who doesn’t want to face me in the debate.” In the past, the courts and federal radio-television regulator have washed their hands of the matter, saying it’s up to the broadcasters to decide who can participate in an event that can change the course of election campaigns. The Green leader has stepped up pressure on the networks ever since an Independent MP joined the party, giving the Greens a temporary toehold in the House of Commons. “I believe the consortium has been overly influenced by hints, and threats without actually having public statements on the record from any national party political leader that they would actually refuse to participate in the debates if I was included,” May said. NDP Leader Jack Layton was hustled away by handlers when reporters tried to clarify if he had threatened to pull out. “I’m looking forward to debating the prime minister,” was his only comment. A statement from Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe stressed that he would attend the debates with or without May, although his preference is to limit participation to the four major parties represented in the Commons. Most Canadians will find her exclusion “deeply anti-democratic, whether they plan to vote Green or not,” May fumed. Especially galling, she said, is the fact Duceppe is allowed in even though voters outside Quebec can’t vote for his party.“They can vote for the Green party in all 306 ridings across Canada. They want to know where we stand.” She says Harper’s bid to freeze her out has more to do with concern that the Greens could eat into Conservative support. It’s also the latest in a string of actions that suggest Harper’s distaste for women’s full equality and a dislike of feminists in particular, she charged.

3 comments:

Mark said...

As I said in The Guardian, all candidates should be invited. If some choose not to attend, too bad, but that will just give those who show up more time to present their position.

Anonymous said...

Is it me or does her 'look-a-like, sound-a-like' (maybe sister) work for the City of CharlieTown as a Parks Supervisor/expert tree planter?

Either way Larry does have that certain political maverick factor needed to upset the status quo.

Has anyone seen Larry Creed?

Mark said...

I guess I wasn't the only one out there who wanted to give all viable candidates a fair shake. I hope their is a good debate with a focus on the needs of the constituents and not the politicians.