A Federal Court judge will not hear the Green Party's arguments before next week's televised debates, he ruled Tuesday.
The party is fighting to have leader Elizabeth May included in the federal leaders' debates.
The party's lawyer and a lawyer for the broadcast consortium were arguing Tuesday morning whether to rush the case so May has a chance to be heard before the debates happen.
The English-language leaders debate are set for next Tuesday, April 12 in Ottawa. The French-language debate follows on Thursday.
Green Party lawyer Peter Rosenthal says the decision is not democratic.
"I hope the public pressure to include Elizabeth May in these debates continues."