Here’s a Major Victory to Celebrate— for Canada’s Green Party and for Democracy

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will be in the leaders’ debates in 2019 election!

News from Canada’s Green Party

Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May

Posted October 31st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

For the first time since 1968, the leaders’ debate will be held under a system of fair and inclusive rules – published in advance.

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould has established an Independent Debates Commission, and adopted our approach for deciding which leaders can participate.

The leaders’ debates underpin our electoral process and our democracy. Major party leaders need to share (and debate) their political visions with all Canadians — including seniors, youth and people living in rural and remote areas — in a proven and easily-accessible way.

For years now, the Green Party, with the support of activists like you, has been calling for fair rules governing debate inclusion.

This October 30th’s announcement checks criteria closely following our proposal. Any party will be included if it meets two out of three of these criteria:

  • Have at least one elected MP
  • Intend to run candidates in at least 90 percent of electoral districts
  • Achieved four percent of the vote in the last campaign

(Great news: Greens meet and exceed these benchmarks!

Next year, our leader Elizabeth May will share our vision for a better, more sustainable future with millions of voters.)

Because (enough Canadians) stood up and spoke out for full and fair debates, because (Canadians) igned and shared our petitions and supported our cause, we all get to celebrate today!

Canadians deserve to hear the full spectrum of political visions, and now they will!

Thank you for working with us to establish fair and inclusive election debates.

In solidarity and action,

David Merner, Democratic Reform Critic
Green Party of Canada

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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