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Albertans Denied All-Party Television Debate

Posted on April 16, 2015 by Meagan Parisian

Albertans want to hear from the Alberta Party

Earlier today, the Alberta Party learned that Global Television decided to exclude the Alberta Party from the television debate. Global Television issued the following statement: “As with previous debates, only the leaders of the parties with elected members in the Legislature at dissolution will participate”.


The Alberta Party strongly believes that Alberta Party leader, Greg Clark, should be included in the debate for the following reasons:

  • The Alberta Party is a legitimate, mainstream party as demonstrated in the 2014 by-elections and the 2012 general election.
  • Thousands of Albertans have expressed interest in the Alberta Party and want to see Greg in the debate. The television debate is the only opportunity for Albertans to hear from all the party leaders at same time.
  • The Alberta Party and Greg Clark are regularly featured in media stories throughout the province, including Global Television.
  • The Alberta Party has been included in the CBC’s Vote Compass project.
  • The Alberta Party is regularly included in public opinion polls and surveys.
  • According to publicly available information, the Alberta Party is currently running as many or more candidates than the Alberta Liberal Party. 
  • Sitting MLA, Laurie Blakeman, has been nominated as an Alberta Party candidate.


This backroom system has to go

The Alberta Party believes that there needs to be an independent, publicly accountable body to determine the rules for participation in the debate. These rules appear to change every election. For example:

  • In 2012, even though the Alberta Party had a sitting member of the legislature, television executives decided that having a sitting MLA was insufficient and denied the Alberta Party a seat in the debate.
  • In 1997, the NDP was allowed to participate in the debate, even though they had no sitting members of the legislature.


You can help!

We will make sure that Global Television is aware of our objections to being excluded from the debate. However, the best way to ensure that this never happens again is to help elect Alberta Party MLAs.


Make a donation today so we can pay for more advertisements, signs and brochures to make sure everyone hears about Greg Clark and the Alberta Party.

Sign up to volunteer and join the thousands of other Albertans working to make this a better province.

Showing 10 reactions

  • commented 2015-04-17 23:44:08 -0600
    I want him included. Stop self serving selection of debaters. Include Clark!!
  • commented 2015-04-17 18:10:09 -0600
    We understand, Chris, that there are 9 registered political parties in Alberta. Alberta First is running no candidates this election, the Communist Party as well as the Social Credit party are running only 2 candidates. As the NDP were allowed in the debate without any sitting candidates, and we’re running 35+ candidates for this election and have a sitting MLA nominated under the Alberta Party banner – why shouldn’t Greg Clark be allowed to debate? The issue is the lack of congruency with the rules on who may and may not be allowed to participate in the debate.
  • commented 2015-04-17 15:11:58 -0600
    I’m all for giving parties a voice, but where’s the cut off? There are nine registered political parties in Alberta currently. Having a nine-way debate would be ludicrous.
  • commented 2015-04-16 18:40:48 -0600
    This is totally inappropriate when so many Albertans are looking for a new vision, new choices who want and need to hear from something other than the old guard. As a non-sitting member was allowed to participate in 1997 there is no excuse for a viable party leader not to be allowed to participate.
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  • commented 2015-04-16 17:56:08 -0600
    I agree COMPLETELY with Karen. How can we decide where to put our vote unless we hear from ALL tAlberta’s party leaders
  • commented 2015-04-16 17:47:38 -0600
    How does it make any sense to only include the parties with sitting members? As we currently have a dissolved legislature until the election, technically that should mean that none of the leaders can participate. Giving preference based on previous status as an elected official is discriminatory and ridiculous! Shame on Global for being so short sighted. As an Albertan, I absolutely want to hear what each leader has to say.
  • commented 2015-04-16 12:14:59 -0600
    This is ridiculous – a fair debate, bringing voting information to All Albertans MUST include all party leaders
  • Alberta Party posted about Albertans Denied All-Party Television Debate on Alberta Party's Facebook page 2015-04-16 10:11:09 -0600
    The #abparty strongly believes its leader @GregClark4AB should be included in @GlobalCalgary #abvote debate. See why:
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