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For the record, I liked the first headline

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The venerable Hack is not supportive of a plan to let the Green Party participate in televised debates. Not surprising. Having said that, his argument is quite succinct and more than just a little convincing. In fact, I have been gripped by concerns that Green support is not entirely genuine. Even supporters of fair political play might suspect the Greens merely "purchased" their level of support with the sudden wealth bestowed upon the party by overly generous federal electoral rebate rules that sets the eligibility hurdle profoundly low.On a major philosophical point, however, the Hack and the SF disagree. Also not surprising.The Hack indicates that only those parties with a real shot at winning should participate in debates. I would humbly suggest that is not the issue here. When the Greens are threatening double-digit support in opinion polls, I think the overriding principle is democracy, not winning potential. One of the things that makes democracy such a rocking good philosophy is the idea that it is open to everyone from the average joe to the captain of industry. We all know the inherent fallacy in that statement; politics remains a hobby of the rich and powerful. However, we shouldn't be tailoring our elections to be even more of a exclusive process. It must remain as inclusive as possible. And that means giving Green Leader Elizabeth May a shot at the other three parties in debates.We should face facts here. The Liberals and Conservatives don't want the Greens involved because everytime you involve another player in a debate, there is another chance someone is going to land the body blow that ends your campaign, and perhaps your political career. Knockout punches are rare in electoral debates, but campaign strategists and handlers continue to treat them like nuclear warheads that could blow up their candidates at any time. If the Greens are anything, they are earnest and well-informed. Perhaps we should ask the political establishment why they fear a showdown with a passionate, intelligent foe? Hum?And as the headline of my piece suggests, I liked the Hack's first headline much better. But then, I'm a huge Jon Stewart fan.-30-

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About Dan Lett

Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school.

Despite the fact that he’s originally from Toronto and has a fatal attraction to the Maple Leafs, Winnipeggers let him stay.

In the following years, he has worked at bureaus covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa.

He has had bricks thrown at him in riots following the 1995 Quebec referendum, wrote stories that helped in part to free three wrongly convicted men, met Fidel Castro, interviewed three Philippine presidents, crossed several borders in Africa illegally, chased Somali pirates in a Canadian warship and had several guns pointed at him.

In other words, he’s had every experience a journalist could even hope for. He has also been fortunate enough to be a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations.

Other awards include the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Media Award and nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.

Now firmly rooted in Winnipeg, Dan visits Toronto often but no longer pines to live there.

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