Let Greens into national debates

Let Greens into national debates
The full editorial.

While the Green Party of Canada has long been a credible political force in this country it has always been denied a place in the leaders’ debates at election time. But if that omission was ever justified or fair, it most certainly is no longer either. Blair Wilson, a largely unknown member of Parliament from British Columbia, has seen to that. And good for him.

By joining the Green Party four days ago, the formerly Independent Wilson has singlehandedly smashed the only remaining, legitimate obstacle to having the Green leader participate in the televised debates which are a crucial part of every national vote.

The Greens now have a sitting MP. Therefore, they belong in the national debates along with the Conservatives, Liberals, New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois. It’s that simple. And with the next federal election expected to be called later this week for Oct. 14, the timing for the Greens, and the Canadian electorate, who deserve to hear that party’s message, could not be better.