CBC confirms that Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be allowed to participate in the televised leaders debates.
After the broadcasters' consortium announced earlier this week that they would not allow Ms. May to participate, blaming opposition from the Conservative Party, NDP and Bloc Quebecois, a firestorm of public outrage erupted.
NPD leader Jack Layton was the first to backtrack, followed by Conservative Party leader Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The consortium then reversed its earlier decision.
May, in an interview earlier Wednesday, said tens of thousands of Canadians came to her defence, with some staging protests or telephoning the TV networks in charge of the debates. May said the events of the last few days prove that "democracy does not happen behind closed doors."
"When you get engaged, you can change the world, and I intend to do that in the debates," she said.
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