Media consortium makes bone headed reactionary decision to exclude Green party leader from the televised debates.

Incredibly at a time when the world watches with horror the nuclear reactor disaster in Japan, the hidebound out of touch media leadership who clearly operate as if they were in the nineteenth century as opposed to the 21st have decided to exclude Elizabeth May the Green party leader from the leaders’ televised debates. A clearly dumb decision considering how importantly Canadians, and younger Canadians in particular view the environmental question. The environment is one of the  questions that unites the country around a common concern for our collective well being, the health of the planet and well being of the legacy we leave to our children, grandchildren and future generations. The Greens have consistently polled between 6 and 10 per cent and if we had an up to date modern electoral system they would hold seats in our Parliament. Seeking to exclude them from the debate is anti-democratic and stupid. Hopefully enough Canadians will complain to force the media consortium to reverse its decision.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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