Mr.Harper informed The Broadcast Consortium- the group of major broadcasters that sponsor the leadership debates during Canadian elections- that he wouldn't attend the debate if the leader of the Green party, Elizabeth May was allowed to attend. In fact, three of the four party leaders, Messrs. Layton and Duceppe also said they wouldn't attend if the Green party was represented. Stephane Dion was prepared to include the Green party leader.
Jack Layton has the minimal courage to stand behind his words Wrong!
Mr. Layton said it was the television networks that were responsible for preventing her participation.
“The networks have made a decision now. They've decided to use the rules that were used the last time,” he told reporters.
- Harper and Duceppe are backpedaling and blaming the Consortium. Of course, the Consortium could have told the Prime Minster that if he was afraid to face Elizabeth May, he needn't turn up. Harper couldn't stay away- he would look an even bigger coward and bully than he does now.
I do agree with someone that texted a local radio show; The Election Act should be amended so that the minimum requirements for participation were clearly set out.
Jack Layton gave in when his own party members argued for May's inclusion. As a result Harper backed down and agreed to attend the leadership debates, along with Dion, Harper, Duceppe and May.