Interesting to hear that grit leader Michael Ignatieff has accepted Rick Mercer's offer to moderate a debate between Iggy and tory leader Stephen Harper. Mercer has offered to rent Massey Hall in Toronto, set up arrangements with as many TV networks as he can get to come on board and proceed full speed ahead.
Of course it raises a couple of pesky questions. First is who is Mercer to determine this is a two-party race? Granted, there is no need to involve Gilles Duceppe in a national debate since he wants to break up the country anyway and as for the green party ... Elizabeth who? However, Jack Layton deserves to share the stage, if no other reason than to keep the other two honest. After all, the picture you see further down this page is of Stephen Harper meeting with Layton and Duceppe to arrange a coalition government. Guess it's not as dirty a concept as the tory attack ads and Harper's stump speech would seem to suggest.
The other question for me is how has our Canadian democracy evolved when we have a comedian being considered as a moderator for a national political debate? Mercer's a talented guy, but his ego does not need any more stroking.