Sunday, December 17, 2006

Greens seek recognition

Elizabeth May is arguing (unsurprisingly) that she ought to be included in the leaders' debates in the next election. I would urge the signing of the Green Party's petition to be included; if nothing else, someone as smart as May should be at the table. Democratic discourse is served best when bright people like May are given a voice. I've been consistently impressed with Elizabeth May ever since I heard her nuanced and reasoned comments on abortion and gay marriage. She has shown herself to be both reasonable and passionate, and very thoughtful - unlike her predecessor, whom I never could bring myself to like. She deserves a spot in the debate, and Canadians deserve a chance to hear her speak.

5 Comments:

At 12/17/2006 12:38 PM, Blogger Angry Beaver said...

I agree. I'm actually a little surprised at how much Lizzy May's beliefs re: Abortion and SSM and mine are similar.

Thanks for the link!

 
At 12/17/2006 2:19 PM, Blogger Saskboy said...

I'll step up my campaign to Ban TV if the Broadcast Consortium blocks the Greens again.

 
At 12/17/2006 4:07 PM, Blogger James said...

Nice to see Liberals supporting the Green Party's efforts to be allowed into the debate.

 
At 12/18/2006 3:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://demanddemocraticdebates.ca/

 
At 12/18/2006 10:19 AM, Blogger Russell McOrmond said...

I was previously a member of the Green Party, but left to become non-partisan to focus on other political issues (and because of a falling out with past Ontario and Federal leaders, long since gone).

I share the author of this post the idea that my "next choices" would have been the Progressive Conservative party (sorry to see it destroyed) or (depending on the local candidate) the Liberals. I've financially supported specific NDP candidates in the past as well, based on their personal views on my core political issue.

I was worried that Ms. May would shift the Greens to the "left", making it less interesting to the past PC supporters who were the largest growth in support for the party. I remember noticing in the 2000 election the PC platform and the Green platform were extremely similar.

The answers that Ms. May gave to the so-called "moral issues" shows to me that at least she isn't into the "big nanny government" that has always made me nervous. Her views are also very close to my own beliefs.

Hopefully other progressive conservative (lower-case) people will see this as well.

 

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