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Elections debate commissioner coming before 2019 election, but not through legislation: Minister Gould

By Charelle Evelyn      

Time has run out for legislation to set up the promised independent commissioner to run leaders’ debates, says Karina Gould, who will rely on recommendations made by a House committee in the spring.

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, pictured at the Procedure and House Affairs Committee on Oct. 15, says an independent commissioner for leaders’ debates will be in place ahead of the 2019 election, but won’t have legislation backing that up. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With less than a year before the 2019 writ drops, the Liberal government is abandoning any possibility of introducing legislation to establish an independent leaders’ debate commissioner before the next election, though it says a commissioner will be in place.

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