The Green Party and the Leaders’ Debates
In this Canadian federal election, the major parties have connived with the national broadcasters to prevent the inclusion of Green Party leader Elizabeth May in the televised “debates” that have become such an important feature of modern elections. The official fiction is that because the Greens have no seats in Parliament, they are not a national party – though they are running candidates in every riding, and won 7% of the vote — nearly a million votes — in the last election.
To counter that fiction, Elizabeth has been holding rallies from coast to coast – and on Saturday I spoke at the one in Halifax. I’m not a Green – Elizabeth would say, with a smile, “not yet” — but a member of the New Democratic Party, Canada’s social democratic party, which forms the provincial government here in Nova Scotia. If you’d like to see my five-minute speech, click here: http://www.silverdonaldcameron.ca/silver-donald-cameron-speaks-elizabeth-may-rally-democracy
By sheer coincidence, my eldest son, Dr. Maxwell Cameron, also spoke to the same point — but in a very different context. He is a political scientist at UBC. Here’s his video clip: http://www.fairchildtv.com/news_headlines_ad.php?headlines_iid=3158