Canadians want Greens’ Elizabeth May at future debates: poll

Including me. Elizabeth May represents the environment and women. I do not understand or accept a national party not participating in all debates. We are a democratic country. I find it offensive that Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe was invited and he only has representatives in Quebec. This is not my Canada to have a national representative excluded from our democratic debates. Canadians are an inclusive country who build bridges not destroy them. Click here to read the full article or an excerpt below.

Green party Elizabeth May makes a point during the first leaders debate Thursday, August 6, 2015 in Toronto.

Canadians overwhelmingly want the Green party’s Elizabeth May to participate in future leaders’ debates during the federal election, a new poll for Postmedia shows.

Between now and Oct. 9, several leaders’ debates are scheduled or in the works, though it is not yet certain who will attend each. However, the Greens’ May, broadly thought to have performed strongly in the Maclean’s debate last week, is shut out of many.

Asked whether they approve or disapprove of inviting May to future debates, 79 per cent of those polled signalled that May should be invited. Only 11 per cent disapproved.

“Obviously, people believe she belongs in debates, overwhelmingly so,” noted Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research, which conducted the Aug. 10-11 poll.

May has appealed to debate hosts and other parties to include her in future debates. “Canadians will have a hard time understanding why Elizabeth May has not been invited to the Globe and Mail, Munk, and TVA debates, and they will demand to know why,” party spokesman Julian Morelli said in a statement last week.


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