Finagle A Seat, Win A Soapbox

[CTV] The Green Party now has its first MP in Parliament, and he is an ex-Liberal who had resigned from that party’s caucus over accusations of election financing irregularities.

The Greens, a relatively young federal party in Canada, have not yet elected an MP in either a byelection or general election. As a result, its leaders have not been invited to participate in televised leaders’ debates during the campaign. However, it did capture 4.5 per cent of the popular vote in the Jan. 23, 2006 election, which entitles it to public financing.

May noted in the release that with “a Green MP sitting in the House of Commons, it will now be impossible to exclude the Green Party from the televised leaders’ debates in the next election.”


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