The Green shoots of democracy

The Green shoots of democracy Since when do we Canadians allow the media to decide who gets to speak in our country and who does not? Imagine if there was an all-candidates' forum in Whitehorse and CBC Radio decided that one of the candidates wasn't all

Since when do we Canadians allow the media to decide who gets to speak in our country and who does not?

Imagine if there was an all-candidates’ forum in Whitehorse and CBC Radio decided that one of the candidates wasn’t allowed to participate. No one would stand for it. The public would tell them to get lost and then they would go ahead and have an all-candidates’ forum without the CBC.

It is not the place of the media to decide which candidates should be heard and which should not.

All the major parties are fine with Elizabeth May participating in the televised leaders’ debate, and yet the ‘consortium’ is trying to go against their wishes.

This is at a time when a huge oil spill in the US is still causing immense damage to wildlife, to the shoreline and to the economy. It is at a time when there is a nuclear disaster in Japan and the increasing threat of climate change.

The Green party’s ideas are more relevant now than ever and yet there are people trying to prevent these ideas from reaching the ears of the public. This consortium is trying to deprive Canadians of a sensible alternative.

One of the platforms the Green party is campaigning on is “true democracy.” While people in other countries are fighting and dying in an effort to gain some level of democracy, we are allowing ours to be eroded daily.

This exclusion is one more reason to vote Green so that next time they will not be able to exclude the one party that puts democracy at the forefront Ð the party whose ideas Canadians of all political persuasions want to hear.

The Green party is a well-established political group in Canada and millions of people want to vote Green.

Let the Green party bring the voice of concerned Canadians to the table.

Let the Green party bring the voice of our grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the table.

Let Elizabeth May participate in the televised debate.

Barry Durward CEO

Yukon Federal Green Party

Association