“If you look at precedence, the Greens are in the debates in 2015,” she said.
There aren’t clearly-defined rules for how the network consortium — the group of Canadian TV networks that make the final decision on how many debates take place and who participates — works, but May said she’s clued in on what the general criteria has been in the past.
“The confusion is perhaps a bit of an effort, which would be unfortunate, if other parties want to try to keep me out, but I think I’ve met the consortium’s standards.”
May recalled the 1993 leader’s debates that included Reform Party leader Preston Manning, even though he didn’t have a seat in the House of Commons at the time. The only Reform MP — the party’s first — was Deborah Grey, who’d won in a 1989 byelection.