Green party ‘stunned’ over de­bate ex­clu­sions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — The fed­eral Green party says leader El­iz­a­beth May is be­ing un­fairly ex­cluded from two high-pro­file 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. May has been in­vited to a num­ber of other events with ri­val lead­ers, in­clud­ing one hosted by Ma­clean’s mag­a­zine early next month. Green party spokesman Ju­lian Morelli said in an in­ter­view that he pri­vately asked the Globe and Munk or­ga­niz­ers to re­con­sider their de­ci­sions, with­out suc­cess.

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