Apparently the English language leaders' debate tonight will have the same format as the one in French. Too bad.
A five-member debate is unwieldy at the best of times, but such is the state of Canadian politics that we never get to hear the only two candidates, with any real chance of becoming prime minister, face off against one another without the distractions of the non-players.
In these sorts of debates, the opposition gets 80 per cent of the time to bash the government, and the government gets 20 per cent of the time to defend its record and new platform.
How well does that serve our country?
Now some say this is how democracy works. I say this is one of the times democracy does not work and political correctness triumphs.
To seem to be fair, we give equal time to:
- The separatist Bloc Quebecois: a party that wants to break up Canada
- The Greens: a party that has never had a single member elected and whose leader champions another party's leader
- The NDP: a party that, in its long history, has never even been the official opposition.
I don't get it.