“Elizabeth May makes limiting PMO powers the key to securing her future support” (CBC Radio)

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says that without limiting the powers of the Prime Minister's Office, 'it's debatable whether Canada will remain a democracy other than in name.' (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)


CBC Radio:

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May could hold the balance of power if a minority government results from the Oct. 19 election, and limiting the powers of the Prime Minister’s Office would be her key requirement to any agreement to keep another party in power.

“We must reduce the excessive and illegitimate powers exercised by the PMO,” May told host Chris Hall in an interview on CBC Radio’s The House.

“If we don’t make this change, it’s debatable whether Canada will remain a democracy other than in name. An elected dictatorship punctuated by elections is not a healthy democracy. It’s a one-man rule.”

May was quick to note that the Green Party isn’t ruling out an agreement with the Conservatives in a future Parliament, nor does she think Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is the only one responsible for what she called a “truly scandalous” increase of control by the Prime Minister’s Office.

“He didn’t start this trend,” she said. “It was started in 1970, to even imagine that there was an entity called the PMO — this is not part of our Constitution.”

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