An argument is raging over whether or not Green Party leader Elizabeth May should be included in the leaders’ TV debates.
This, of course, is the same argument we had during the last election.
Here's my take.
Seems to me the TV stations should have the right to determine who is and who isn’t included in the debates. If the Green Party and their supporters don't like being excluded let them form their own TV network.
That’s point one.
Point two is you have to draw the line somewhere, and I believe these debates should be reserved only for the leaders of actual bona fide parties.
And to my mind, the Green Party is not a real party.
It’s just the creation of a fawning media.
For years, the media, who love the trendy idea of an environmental party, have given May a free ride.
She’s their darling, an unconventional politician who does politics differently.
Good media coverage then translates into good polling numbers.
And by the way, one other big reason the Green Party gets good polling numbers is because pollsters have been bullied into naming them as an option.
How many times do you see the Libertarian Party or the Communist Party or the Christian Heritage Party listed on a polling survey?
They are just listed under the “Other” category.
Yet, the Green Party is right up there with the Conservatives and Liberals.
And another reason the Green Party polls well is that a lot of Canadians simply like the idea of helping the environment. If you had a Health Care Party or a Let’s lower Taxes Party on a polling survey I bet they would get more than 5 percent support too.
Yet, when it came time to actually vote most Canadians still would rather support a traditional party.
That’s why the Green Party never does as well on election night as its polling numbers indicates it should, much to the surprise of its media cheerleaders.
Indeed, the Green Party has never elected a single MP to the House of Commons, this despite getting May in the leader’s debates and despite all the positive media coverage.
No, the Greens are not a real party.
They are just a travelling road show for Elizabeth May, who figures the best way to save the environment is to run and lose in a different federal riding each election.