Basically... I'm extremly confused and would appriciate it if someone would help explain this to me.
On September 8, 2008, the consortium announced that they would once again exclude the Greens from the French and English debates for the 2008 election, to be held on October 1 and 2 respectively. The party had secured a seat in the House at this point (Blair Wilson), satisfying the necessary criteria used in all previous debates dating to at least 1993. (Wilson was not elected as a Green MP; however, the situation parallels that of the Bloc Quebecois in 1993 - to that point, all its members had been elected as either Conservatives or Liberals or, in Gilles Duceppe's case, as an independent, before the group formally registered as a political party. The Bloc was nevertheless included in the 1993 debates.)
Basically in Canada we have 4 main parties, Conservative, Liberal, NDP(New Democratic Party) and the Bloc Quebecois. The Green Party which is headed by Elizabeth May was excluded from joining in the debates for the 2008 election, EVEN THOUGH THEY MET THE NECESSARY CRITERIA TO PARTICIPATE. All but the Liberals threatened to boycott the debate if May attended.
The main reasons I could think of was that the Conservatives thought the Green Party would simply back the Liberals up hindering them in the election. (We have a Conservative government, Our Prime Minister Stephen Harper is looking for a majority government.)
Mkay, so anyways recently me and my friend were asking why The Green Party was not included in the debate. Our reasoning was the Green Party was still not being treated as a serious party, dispite getting around 4% of the vote last election. which is pretty good for them. The Green Party is Strongly pro enviorment,(no duh :3) and is about the only party in Canada to support legalizing Marijuana. (Controlling it though, treating it like Ciggarettes and Beer)
Well we reasoned that the Green Party is not trying to get elected, more likely there trying to push these messages of eco-friendly energy to the other parties, the liberals and the conservatives hoping to get them to change there views.
But thats what we don't get. The Green Party is trying to be eco friendly and get that kinda stuff out there. But they must realise they're never gonna get any air time beacuse of what they're doing to try and get it out. :\ They're slogans are "Vote Green or DIE" "Stop raping our mother" and "Bongs not bombs" I mean seriously, if this was a major party they'd be eaten alive by the media. Infact if you asked alot of the people living around in my city about them and what they stand for you'd most likely get the notion that there all a bunch of pot smoking hippies who still think its the sixties.
If the Green Party wants to get support to win the election or at least bring there issues to the press WHY do they insist on acting like that? They'd get alot more press if they seperated themselves from the ideas of legalizing marijuana, but they don't.
So uhhh.... can anyone try to explain this to to a simple minded 10th grader?