Over the next couple of months, you’re going to hear a lot about what is different between Ontario’s major parties. In this blog post, I’d like to introduce you to something that many Tories, Liberals and New Democrats actually agree on: fair debates.
There aren’t many things that could bring together such a disparate crew of politically-minded Ontarians. But in the spirit of democracy and respect for voters, there are many voices who are standing up and saying that the Green Party of Ontario should be included in the provincial Leaders’ Debates.
So, I’m launching a non-partisan Facebook group called “Mike at the Mic”, where people of all political stripes can express support for Mike Schreiner‘s full participation alongside Dalton McGuinty, Andrea Horwarth and Tim Hudak.
I’ve drafted a statement that people can sign on to.
“We, the undersigned, are a group of Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats and non-partisans who believe in fair and inclusive debates during the 2011 provincial election. With 8% of the vote in the 2007 election and local election results as high as 33%, the Ontario Green Party has earned a seat at the table.
We support the inclusion of Green Party leader Mike Schreiner in all leadership debates alongside Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty, Conservative leader Tim Hudak and NDP leader Andrea Horwath.
We do not necessarily support the platform or views of the Green Party. But we believe that they have a right to be heard and that Ontario’s voters deserve inclusive debates for this year’s election.”
You can download the full statement here (PDF).
I’m looking for people who are prepared to put aside their partisan hats for a moment, and lend their voice to a call for fairness. Ontario’s voters deserve to hear from the Greens. After all, that’s what elections are all about: providing choice and a wide range of ideas to voters so they can make an informed decision.
Here’s a partial list of those who have already endorsed fair debates in Ontario:
(full list here)
Andrea Moffat, Former NDP Candidate
Anita Agrawal, Former NDP Candidate
Brad Worthington, Conservative
Edward Nixon, Liberal
Erin Shapero, Former Markham Councillor
Jonah Schein, NDP Candidate in Davenport
Josh Matlow, Toronto City Councillor
Kate Hollaway, Former Liberal Candidate
Kim Fry, Former NDP candidate
Mary Margaret McMahon, Toronto City Councillor
Michael Nadler, Conservative
Nancy Coldham, Director of Canadian Women Voters
Rowena Santos, NDP
Sarah Thomson, Liberal Candidate in Trinity-Spadina
Tonya Surman, non-partisan
Theresa Lubowitz, Liberal
Tom Lafferty, Belleville City Councillor
Wayne Roberts, Non-Partisan
(full endorsement list here)
If you want to endorse the statement, please send me your name and your party affiliation. You can do it below in the comments, or on the Facebook page. Thnx!