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Elections: Inclusion in Leaders Debates

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Published on Sep 20, 2008

On September 11, 2008, Freedom Party leader Paul McKeever was a panelist on "On the Line" with Christine Williams (Crossroads Television: CTS).

Canada is having a federal election on October 14, 2008. In this segment, the panelists discuss the September 10, 2008 decision of Canada's broadcaster "consortium" to include Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada, in the televised debates of party leaders.

The decision was a reversal of the one made days earlier to exclude her on the basis that 3 of the other 4 party leaders invited to the debates refused to attend if May was permitted to participate. Because those party leaders, and the broadcaster representatives of the consortium, were all male, May played the sexism card, saying she had been excluded because she is a woman. Not wanting to be falsely characterized as sexists for the duration of an election campaign, the party leaders changed their mind and said they would participate even if May were allowed into the debates. The consortium, denied of the excuse it had used to exclude her, invited her to attend.

The leaders of numerous other Canadian political parties remain uninvited.

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