Green party ‘stunned’ over debate exclusions
OTTAWA — The federal Green party says leader Elizabeth May is being unfairly excluded from two highprofile election debates, denying Canadian voters a full range of national viewpoints. May has not been invited to an exchange of views on the economy hosted by the Globe and Mail newspaper and Google Canada, nor one on foreign policy planned by the Munk Debates. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have been asked to take part in these debates. In both cases, the organizers say they chose to invite leaders whose parties have official status in the House of Commons, which requires at least 12 seats. The Green party, Bloc Quebecois and Forces et Democratie each have two seats.