Just when I thought Canada’s broadcasters could do no more to lessen their dismal image and reputations among Canadian television viewers, they have proved me wrong.
These geniuses have just decided that in the upcoming National Television Election Debates, the Bloc Quebecois will take part in both the English and French debates aired right across the country, but the Green Party will be shut out.
Their official reasoning: the Bloc Quebecois has seats in the House of Commons but the Greens do not.
My own speculation is that, once more, the Quebec tail is wagging the Canadian dog.
Again, the Greens took almost a MILLION votes in the last election and are running candidates in EVERY Canadian riding, in every Canadian province and every Canadian territory; the Bloc have candidates ONLY in Quebec. Yet Gilles Duceppe will be piped into Canadian homes from coast to coast, while Elizabeth May won’t be allowed on the set.
How ridiculous! What a farce!
THIS MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND.
Because it shows not only the spinelessness of the CBC, CTV and Global Television executives, it also shows the dismal quality of our federal political leaders and their communications advisors and strategists.
Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff and Jack Layton will have turned their backs on Canadian values, Canadian fairness and Canadian voters in their rush to appease Quebec nationalists if they take part in this setup. They should REFUSE to participate unless May is there, in the English debate, replacing Duceppe.
ANY degree of fairness would see Duceppe take part in the French language debate; and May take part on the English language debate. In fact, if anything, May …not Duceppe…deserves to be in both, since the Greens are running canddiates in Quebec as qwell as the rest of the country. And by the way, in the last vote, the Greens drew almost a million votes …just under the Bloc’s tally …but again, from every part of the nation.
What possible logically defensible reasoning can exclude her … but broadcast Duceppe from coast to coast!
The broadcasters’ stance, and the willingness of Harper, Igantieff and Layton to go along with it, screws Canada and they ALL are clearly willing to do that rather than risk any criticism in Quebec.
Think about that when you decide whether to give ANY of them your vote.