Thursday, March 31, 2011
Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May may or may not be a great addition to Parliament, to national political life or to fine dining. She may or may not have a one-note or full-piano agenda.
But we know these things for sure:
- She is running against Conservative incumbent, Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport.
- Mr. Lunn is the second worst parliamentarian in Canadian history, the worst, of course, being Hedy Fry.
- Elizabeth May is the leader of a federal party that gathered one million votes last time round and that collects substantial federal election spending from our federal government.
- A consortium of TV broadcasters (CBC, CTV, Global, Radio-Canada & TVA) have decided that Elizabeth May is not worthy of participation in televised debates.
Since when are entertainment conglomerates the rightful holders of democratic freedoms in this or any other country?
Barbara Yappy, in her column today, presents the oldest and dumbest argument in favour of the TV execs' decision: "They [the Green Party] are not part of the parliamentary play in this country. They have no seats in either the House of Commons or the Senate."
NEWS FLASH FOR BABS - IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO GET A SEAT IN THE HOUSE WHEN YOU ARE BANNED FROM PUBLIC EXPOSURE.
Is this what we really want in Canada? The same old, same old tired old white men babbling about the size of their...programs?
I say, "The more the merrier."
To date, Elizabeth May has not proven herself to be a circus clown, a pot advocate, a nun in politician's clothing or Linsay Lohan's evil twin.
She is the leader of a registered and legitimate political party.
It is unlikely that she or her candidate in my riding will get my vote.
But I do want to hear their arguments.
Maybe because I have this quaint, old fashioned notion of democracy.
One day I will grow up and think like the CBC.
Which, of course, will be the same day, I watch Peter Mansbridge interview someone.
Posted by David Berner at 8:38 AM