Election debate: Has the controversy over the leaders' debate changed your perceptions of the Green Party?
Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May speaks at a news conference in Ottawa in January. The broadcast consortium that hosts the televised election debates has decided May is not welcome to participate this time. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
By CBC News
The Green Party is heading to federal court Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to get a seat at the leaders' debate.
The party is scheduled to attend a hearing in the Federal Court of Appeal to seek Leader Elizabeth May's inclusion at the televised leaders' debate scheduled for April 12.
"The court action is something we've felt compelled to attempt and I'm very grateful to [lawyer] Peter Rosenthal for pulling it together so quickly," May told Evan Solomon, the host of CBC's Power & Politics, on Sunday. "In this case, it's never been truer that justice delayed is justice denied."
Lawyer Peter Rosenthal said the crux of his argument is that regulations under the Broadcast Act give equitable coverage to political parties during election periods.
"The evidence that we will put before the court ... will show that it cannot be fair and equitable unless [May] is included in the leaders' debate," he said.
It is not clear whether the court will reach a decision before the debate.
Has Elizabeth May's reaction to being excluded from the leaders' debates changed your perceptions of the Green Party? Do you think her fight to join the debates will help or hinder her party's chances in the campaign? Let us know in the comments below.
(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)
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