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“The Consortium approached the parties to explore the possibility of including the Green Party in all or part of the Leaders’ Debates. However, three parties opposed its inclusion and it became clear that if the Green Party were included, there would be no Leaders’ Debates. In the interest of Canadians, the Consortium has determined that it is better to broadcast the debates with the four major party leaders, rather than not at all.”
The cynical reaction? This might be the best thing to happen to Elizabeth May.
First, she’s relatively untested on the national stage and there’s no guarantee she would have succeeded against Messrs. Harper, Dion, Duceppe and Layton. As much as appearing might have given her legitimacy, she might just as easily have bombed.
Second, as various the comments below seem to demonstrate, this may only galvanize support for the Greens in some sectors.