I’ve never voted Green in my life. But I’ve decided to vote Green on May 2nd, and for one reason alone: as a protest vote, expressing my frustration with an older generation that doesn’t seem to care about democracy.
There is no excuse for Elizabeth May’s exclusion from the Leaders’ Debates, and the media executives who made that choice should be stripped of their position as official facilitators of our nation’s national election debates. It’s been good to see the other federal leaders express their support for May’s inclusion, but I think they could have spoken louder – or even threatened to not participate.
It would be nice to see more leadership from our leaders. Democracy is all about sharing ideas and exposing voters to different opinions and options so they can make their own informed decision. This requires fair access to media exposure, not political censoring as decided by a few media execs sitting in a boardroom. There are many issues that are important to me in this election. The economy, job creation, environmental sustainability, our justice system, wasteful defense spending, etc. But nothing is more important than the democratic process itself. So, for that alone, I’ll be voting Green. Without democracy, we have nothing.