Former governor general David Johnston, pictured embracing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a September 2017 farewell event for him on the Hill, has been tapped by the Liberals to lead the new independent commission responsible for setting up broadcast leaders’ debates before next year’s election. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
It seems there’s light at the end of the tunnel for the leaders of so-called fringe parties to get a spot on stage at next year’s leaders’ debates.
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Though divisive politics has become a regular feature of political culture in Canada, thanks in part to the rhetoric from the country's southern neighbours, some MPs say there's been pushback to that kind of messaging.
A former CSIS analyst says the RCMP had a ‘strong case’ against journalist Ben Makuch, but the vice-president of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression says the ruling will ‘hurt the institution of journalism.'
Independent Senator Kim Pate, who will be among those in attendance at Nicholas Kasirer's hearing next week, is interested in hearing about his views about how systemic inequality can affect access to justice.