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Liberals exploring creation of independent commission for leaders’ debates, but not all convinced of need

By Laura Ryckewaert      

‘You never know from one election to the other what you’re going to get,’ says former NDP national director Karl Bélanger of the current system for leaders’ debates.

Former Conservative Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne, left, says she's against the idea of the government creating a body to regulate federal leaders' debates, while former Liberal adviser Peter Donolo and former NDP national director Karl Bélanger say they're open to the idea. The Hill Times file photographs and courtesy of Facebook
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The Liberal government is eyeing the creation of an independent body to run televised federal leaders’ debates during elections, and while some former campaign organizers say they are open to the idea, others say the large number of debates in 2015 demonstrate the ad hoc system works the way it is. “These matters are for campaigns, for political parties to work with media outlets and the consortium organizations in terms of campaign debates,” said Jenni Byrne, vice-president of

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