The Green Party has never elected a member to parliament. The fact that an opportunistic ejected Liberal MP saw a way to gain some favourable media coverage and used the Green Party to do it does not mean that May belongs in the debate. Blair Wilson could have called himself a Communist, or resurrected the Natural Law Party. That would not then qualify either of those leaders to be in the debate.
As an aside, if I were in the Communist Party (who, interestingly enough, have elected a member to parliament before) or another fringe party, I would take this opportunity to get some media attention by trying to get in on a class action suit with the Greens. It wouldn't be the first time that the fringe parties have banded together- their last class action suit was even filed by the same lawyer that is representing the Greens in their current case.
Miguel Figueroa of the Communist Party, Connie Fogal of Canadian Action and all other fringe party leaders actually have a much stronger argument for being in the debate than Elizabeth May does. That is because there is a much more important reason why Elizabeth May, specifically, should not participate in this debate. She has pledged her allegiance time and time again to Stephane Dion and it would be highly undemocratic for the Liberals to have two representatives in the national, televised leaders' debate.
I don't care how many times Elizabeth May calls assertions of a Liberal-Green alliance absurd. Her previous statements on the subject speak for themselves. Here are just a few of them:
"We'd like to be participants in a coalition government," she said. It would be great if the next federal election led to a minority Liberal government, May said
-The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton), 12 February 2008
"It's a no-brainer. We can make the most progress with Stéphane Dion as prime minister in a minority government. I think Dion's record is a lot better than the other parties want to say it is. I'll defend it."
- Elizabeth May, Globe and Mail, 21 January 21, 2008
"We recognize that a government in which Stéphane Dion served as Prime Minister could work well with a Green Caucus of MPs, led by Elizabeth May, committed to action on climate."
- Joint Statement with Dion, GPC Release, May 13, 2007
"Well, what I'm trying to do is send a clear signal to Canadians. When I heard Rex Murphy say on the national news that the Harper budget was so green that I could now join his party, I thought it was pretty important to make sure people knew that while the Green Party policies are the very best, a government of Stéphane Dion as Prime Minister with us in the House of Commons, with many Greens in the House of Commons, we could deliver very good government to Canadians."
-Elizabeth May, Adler On-Line, CJOB, 13 April 2007
And for my final bit of proof of Green-Liberal collusion- perhaps the most compelling proof of all muahaha:
This is from the Green Party website. They used terribly unflattering pictures of everyone except May and Dion. Coincidence? Highly doubtful. I'm surprised that they restrained themselves from photoshoping a green halo onto Dion.