Don’t get me wrong, I like Elizabeth May. She’s smart, articulate, and certainly not willing to be bullied by the ‘big boys’. There is no doubt in my mind that if she was included in the debate she’d make for some great TV. As Rick Mercer said on twitter, “She’s the vinegar that brightens up the vegetables.” And that’s why a lot of people in the media are arguing that she should be included – she’ll make the debate more interesting. While some reporters do have an obvious bias towards one party or another, most reporters are just desperate for interesting stories to report. And if May actually makes it into the debate, she’s sure to create a few great stories. After all she’s got nothing to lose and everything to gain by standing tall and trying to make mincemeat out of the ‘big boys’. But there are plenty of other people involved in politics who represent groups that don’t have a seat in Parliament, are we going to start to let them participate in the debate just because they’ll make it more interesting? How about we involve somebody from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in the debate? They certainly represent the views of a lot of Canadians. And having somebody debate on behalf of ‘the taxpayer’ might make for some great TV. But the debate isn’t supposed to be about putting on a good show. The Leadership Debate is about letting the leaders of the parties in Parliament debate the election issues in an open and fair forum in full view of the voters.
The simple fact of the matter is that the Green Party has yet to win a seat in Parliament. And if you don’t have at least one seat in government you don’t deserve a seat at the debate table.