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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

NDP: "Keep May out of Debates"

Good old Liberal mouthpiece Jason Cherniak thinks that the NDP is being dumb for saying that Elizabeth May shouldn't be allowed to join the Leaders debates. I disagree, more so now than ever before.

I think it's quite simple Jason... why should the Liberal Party of Canada be allowed to have TWO representitves at the Leaders Debate? That's the point that these NDPer's are pointing out, and I think it's going to work quite well...

"I don't think we need her in the debate," said Charlie Angus, the [NDP] party's MP for Timmins-James Bay. "Dion is obviously her leader. I don't think there really is a place for Elizabeth May. She's not giving us a clear enough alternative."

Mr. Angus was joined in his criticism by former [NDP] party leader Alexa McDonough.

"It's pretty hard to distinguish now between the Grits and the Greens," Ms. McDonough said. "So I guess she can have her leader, St├ęphane Dion, speak for her in the debates. It seems an odd way to shrink down her party stature, but that's what she's done."

Without the Dion/May deal, the Greens had a real shot at being allowed to join the Leaders Debates... no one could have really raised a solid argument against it. Now, there is a real and legitimate reason to keep her out... she's now a semi-official Liberal mouthpiece. Why on earth would any other party want her to be permitted?

I agree with the Dippers... I think she shot herself, and the members of her Party, in the foot on this one.

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  • At Wed. Apr. 18, 11:27:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Canadi-anna said…

    Absolutely right.
    The wonder of it all is that she chose this for herself and her party. If she could not think this far ahead, she has no business being the leader of a party.

  • At Wed. Apr. 18, 01:55:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Kelly said…

    A good friend of mine who was the Green's candidate in a large urban Ontario riding in the last election has told me that the May/Dion deal is a farce that he considers brutal. Makes you wonder what she was thinking when she agreed to this. She is alienating her own party's candidates with this move. Now we have 2 national parties with no leadership!

  • At Wed. Apr. 18, 01:58:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger rabbit said…

    We need set rules about what parties can have their leaders join the CBC debate. Perhaps 5 or more members in the house, or getting more than 5% of the popular vote in the last election, or either - something along those lines. But its got to be strict enough that we don't have more than 5 people in the debate.

    So far as one party being a de facto subset of another party, I don't see that as a long term problem, since its not to the Liberal's advantage for such a situation to last. It just makes it more difficult for them to achieve a majority.

  • At Wed. Apr. 18, 02:55:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The problem with this is obvious: the left only representing 1/3rd of the vote (not counting 1/3rd in the middle and 1/3rd on the right), is demanding all the power as ususal.
    (real conservative)

  • At Wed. Apr. 18, 03:20:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    god you people are a sad bunch

  • At Wed. Apr. 18, 03:32:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Well, Anon@3:20, I'd love to respond, but I don't know to whom, and I don't know to what. Oh well!

  • At Wed. Apr. 18, 05:33:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Rosie said…

    from what you say, Preston Manning should never have been at the leadership debates. Neither should have Gilles Duceppe. Ya gotta start somewhere!

  • At Thu. Apr. 19, 12:44:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Brian in Calgary said…

    Preston Manning should never have been at the leadership debates. Neither should have Gilles Duceppe.

    Each was the leader of a party that had at least one MP in the House. Elizabeth May is not.


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